St. Louis: Navy Pilot's Son Sues Priest, Alleges Sex Abuse

January 11, 2006

A Navy pilot's son has sued a priest who spent time in St. Louis in the early 1980s, alleging that the priest sexually abused him while serving as a Navy chaplain in Key West, Fla.

The suit, filed in Florida last week against the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, says Romano Ferraro sexually abused the young boy in the late 1960s at a naval air station when the boy's father was stationed there

The suit says the Brooklyn Diocese transferred Ferraro to Key West even though they knew he was a serial pedophile. Ferraro is serving a life sentence in Massachusetts for raping a boy.

Ferraro lived in St. Louis at St. Joan of Arc parish in the early 1980s while serving as a chaplain at Jewish Hospital. He was sued in St. Louis in May by a computer industry worker who accused Ferraro of molesting him multiple times between 1980 and 1983.


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