Priest from Sioux City Diocese Accused of Sex Abuse

Associated Press, carried in WHO
January 14, 2006

IOWA CITY, Iowa A South Carolina man who attended Roman Catholic schools in Sioux City is suing the diocese and a former priest who has been named in more than two dozen sexual abuse lawsuits and claims.

In the latest lawsuit filed today, the Reverend George McFadden is accused of sexually abusing the victim in 1959 when McFadden was serving as assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception grade school. The lawsuit states the victim attended the school between the first and seventh grade and served as an altar boy.

The victim claims the abuse caused severe emotional distress, depression and withdrawal from friends and family. The lawsuit blames church officials for failing to discipline McFadden despite being aware of numerous abuse allegations at the time.

McFadden is retired and living in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, according to the victim's attorney, Steve Rhinehart, of Sioux City. Rhinehart says McFadden was removed from public ministry in the early 1990s, but he has not been defrocked by the Vatican.


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