Retired Bishop Asks Judge to Dismiss Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

January 2, 2007

Iowa City, Iowa The former principal of an Iowa City Roman Catholic school has asked a Scott County judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims he sexually abused 13 former students more than 40 years ago.

Lawrence Soens is a retired Sioux City bishop who was at Regina High School in the 1960s.He filed a motion last week for a summary judgment, which is a request made before a trial and asks a judge to rule in the defendant's favor.The men have also sued the school, which filed a similar motion last month.The lawsuits also name the Diocese of Davenport. Those cases were put on hold when the diocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last fall.


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