Priests in KC, St. Louis Face Lawsuits over Alleged Sex Abuse [St. Louis MO]
November 4, 2003

ST. LOUIS -- The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced separate child sexual abuse lawsuits Tuesday against Roman Catholic priests in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Two lawsuits will be filed against the Rev. Michael McGrath of suburban St. Louis alleging abuse of two boys from 1984 to 1986. McGrath already is accused in 12 previous lawsuits.

In Kansas City, a family is suing the Rev. Hugh Monahan alleging abuse of two brothers from 1976 to 1981.

The suit also accuses Monahan of tearing the family apart by pitting family members against each other.

Three previous lawsuits have been filed against Monahan.

Church officials said that McGrath was removed as a priest in 1997 over allegations of inappropriate contact with minors. Monahan left the church in 1989.


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