Brothers Allege Priest Abused Them As Youths

Des Moines Register [Iowa]
June 24, 2006

Two brothers, Edward Nichols and Patrick Nichols, on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Sioux City and the Rev. George McFadden, alleging they were sexually abused by the priest when they were children growing up in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic parish in Sioux City.

McFadden, 80, has been accused of sexual abuse by more men and women than any other Iowa priest in the past 50 years, with dozens of claims and lawsuits filed against him and the diocese. He lives in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Nichols brothers, who currently live in California, allege that the abuse occurred before each attained the age of 14 and "continued for a period of time." As a result of the abuse, the men allege they have suffered severe emotional distress.

A diocesan official declined to comment on the case as no one at the diocese had seen the lawsuit.


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