Vietnam Vet Sues Church after Allegedly Being Abused by Priest

NBC 10
December 28, 2006

Wilmington, Del. -- A former Marine and Vietnam veteran is suing the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and a church in the city, claiming they did nothing to stop a priest from sexually abusing him and other boys in the 1950s and 60s.

Plaintiff Douglas McClure was a classmate of John Dougherty, who the diocese has already acknowledged was repeatedly abused by the Rev. Edward Carley. Dougherty was an altar boy and Carley was an assistant pastor at Saint Ann's Catholic Church.

The diocese paid $65,000 to Dougherty to reimburse him for counseling.

McClure claims he was molested by Carley two to three times a week over a period of two years, when McClure was between 8 and 10 years old. Carley died in 1998 at age 82.

A spokesman for the diocese said Thursday he had not seen a copy of the lawsuit and had no comment.

In the lawsuit, McClure claimed he psychologically suppressed all memories of the abuse until last year -- when he read newspaper accounts of Dougherty's claims.


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