Former Altar Boys Claim Priest Molested Them

August 11, 2006

Baton Rouge, La. (AP) - Two more men have sued the Baton Rouge diocese and former priest Christopher Springer, claiming they were sexually molested while altar boys in the 1970s.

The names of the latest two men to make claims against Springer were not provided in the lawsuit. Of the 11 men, including the latest two, who have sued Springer and the diocese, only one man, Patrick Myers, has been named.

The attorney for the altar boys, Felecia Peavy of Houston, said six of the men have settled their lawsuits with the diocese and the other five are working toward settlements with the diocese.

The settlements are confidential and no terms have been disclosed.

Few details about the latest two men to file suit against the diocese and Springer are available.

Peavy says that one of the men, who claims to have been abused while he was an altar boy at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Maringouin, now lives in New York City. The lawsuit claims that Springer sexually abused and exploited the former altar boy at the rectory of Saint Marys of False River Catholic Church in the summer of 1975.

The other was an altar boy at Saint Isadore Mission of Saint Gerard Parish in Baton Rouge. He lives in Baker. The lawsuit claims the sexual abuse of the Saint Isadore altar boy occurred on property owned and operated by the diocese of Baton Rouge in the fall of 1977.

The lawsuit claims that as a result of the sexual abuse, the men continue to suffer from psychological problems. The suit also claims that the church and its leaders failed to conduct an adequate investigation into Springers activities and the delay in getting psychological help for the men has made their conditions worse.


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