Church in Crisis
Rev. John Magel and Gary Kazmarek

Louisville Courier-Journal
September 29, 2002

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One lawsuit accuses a teacher and a priest who worked at Our Mother of Sorrows parish of abusing a student about 1970. Gary Kazmarek taught one year at the school, 1968-69, according to a church history done in 1987. Kazmarek also coached a basketball team at the school, according to the plaintiff. Magel [see photo] is retired and is refraining from public ministry because of the allegation, said Cecelia Price, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese.

PLAINTIFF: Ronald Kuhl
AGE: 46
ADDRESS: Jefferson County
DEFENDANT: Archdiocese of Louisville
DATE AND LOCATION OF ALLEGED ABUSE: About 1970, Our Mother of Sorrows, Kazmarek's home, Nolin Lake.
ACCUSATION: Kazmarek is accused of oral sex, attempted sodomy and masturbation. Magel is accused of exposing himself.
DETAILS OF ALLEGATION: Kuhl said Kazmarek taught at the school and coached a basketball team for two seasons, which was how Kuhl knew him. Once when he was walking across the church parking lot, Kazmarek said that his back hurt and he needed Kuhl to help him. Kuhl said Kazmarek took him to his home and abused him. Kuhl said Magel and a group of boys went on a camping trip at Nolin Lake when the priest left his room naked and started making lunch. "I said I wasn't hungry," Kuhl said.
IN THE PLAINTIFF'S WORDS: "I just didn't tell. It was something that I didn't like what happened."


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