Suit Naming Deceased Priest Is Dismissed

Yakima Herald-Republic
September 19, 2006

A sexual abuse lawsuit filed against a now-dead Jesuit priest from Yakima has been dismissed for lack of activity.

The plaintiff, a 66-year-old Seattle man known only as J.S.S., alleged he was molested at the age of 13 or 14 by the Rev. David G. King, who was then assigned to St. Joseph's Catholic Church and taught at now-

defunct Marquette High School.

The lawsuit was filed in November 2004, more than two years after King's death in Spokane at the age of 84. It named the priest's estate and the Catholic diocese in Yakima as co-defendants.

Since it was filed, the plaintiff's original set of lawyers quit the case, as did a second set of lawyers.

At the request of diocese lawyers, Yakima County Superior Court Judge Jim Lust dismissed the suit July 28 on the grounds of "lack of prosecution."

King was one of three accused priests from Yakima not previously identified by the diocese as abusers. The diocese has said six local clerics have been accused of abuse.


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