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October 17, 2005

There is more bad news for the Diocese of Fairbanks and former priest Richard McCaffrey. A woman joined a lawsuit alleging McCaffrey sexually abused her as a child. But tonight, through his attorney, McCaffrey is denying the allegations.

She goes by June Doe II, and according to this lawsuit when she was just 10 and 11 years old, McCaffrey sexually abused her in the Little Flower of Jesus Church in Hooper Bay, Alaska. That was in the early 1980s. Her story is similar to that of June Doe I, who in August filed the lawsuit June Doe II is joining.

June Doe I is alleging McCaffrey sexually abused her in her church in Tunanak in the late 1970s when she was also 10 and 11-years-old.

"Exactly the same MO, it's exactly the same type of grooming behavior, using exactly the same opportunity for molestation which is after catechism when the children are alone, you hold one back and take them into your room," said Ken Roosa, plaintiff's attorney.

The lawsuit alleges McCaffrey would force June Doe II to touch him and rub him with oil.

"She's in a lot of pain. It was a hard thing for her to do to come forward and talk about this," said Roosa.

In addition to McCaffrey, the Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska and the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province are named as defendants. Roosa alleges they knew about McCaffrey's behavior.

Officials with the Diocese of Fairbanks declined to comment saying they had not seen the amended complaint. Father John Whitney from the Jesuits says McCaffrey denies the allegations. And according to the Associated Press, John Franich, McCaffrey's attorney, also says his client is innocent of all allegations.

In August, Bishop Donald Kettler with the Diocese of Fairbanks said previous accusations of abuse against McCaffrey were credible. That same day he announced he was removing McCaffrey from the diocese.


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