Alaska Priest Involved in Oregon Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

By Traci Holenport
February 27, 2007

Anchorage, Alaska — A $5 million lawsuit filed in Oregon today claims two catholic priests repeatedly molested a young girl there in the 1960s.

One of the priests charged is Father James Poole, who is accused of sexually abusing children while he worked in Alaska.

The suit against the Oregon province of the Society of Jesus claims Poole and another priest abused the girl during visits to her home.

It also claims the church moved Poole to Oregon even though they knew that he had sexual contact with several children in Alaska during the 1970s.

The province says it's taking the claim seriously and will investigate.


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