Wilmington Man Sues Catholic Diocese, Church Alleging Sexual Abuse 50 Years Ago

By Mike Chalmers
News Journal [Wilmington DE]
December 28, 2006

A Wilmington man, who said 50-year-old memories of sexual abuse by a parish priest came flooding back to him in 2005, today sued the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and St. Ann's Church of Wilmington.

Douglas McClure, now 60, said the Rev. Edward B. Carley abused him 200 to 300 times between the time he was eight- and 10-years-old.

The Diocese has admitted Carley sexually abused children in the 1950s and 60s and apologized for his "despicable actions".

Carley died in 1998 at a priest retirement community in Connecticut.

McClure's attorney, Thomas Neuberger, said McClure repressed memories of the abuse until The News Journal published a story in January 2005 about Carley's abuse of a classmate at St. Ann's.

McClure is currently undergoing psychological treatment for the abuse and a post-traumatic stress disorder he experienced as a U.S. Marine serving in Vietnam.

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