Judge Rules Camp Lawsuit Filed in Wrong Jurisdiction

By Joseph Morton
Omaha World Herald (Nebraska)
September 7, 2002

A federal judge in Nebraska dismissed a case this week against a South Dakota boys camp, saying the suit should have been filed elsewhere.

An Omaha man filed suit this year against the Sky Ranch for Boys in South Dakota and the diocese of Rapid City.

He claims the priest who was director of the ranch molested him on several occasions in the mid-1960s and held him against his will.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon dismissed the suit based on a lack of jurisdiction.

The alleged incidents took place in South Dakota or Illinois, and there is no significant connection to Nebraska, the judge ruled.

The plaintiff alleges that he was 14 years old in 1965 when he first was sent to the ranch. He claims he was assaulted several times there by the ranch's director, the Rev. Donald Murray, who has since died.

The plaintiff can refile the suit in South Dakota.


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