San Jose Man Sues Santa Rosa Diocese over Priest Abuse Claim

Associated Press, carried in CBS 47
July 18, 2007

Santa Rosa (CA) — A San Jose man claiming he was sexually abused at a Lake County summer camp in the 1970s has sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa and a 74-year-old priest previously accused in several similar Bay Area lawsuits.

The unidentified plaintiff says the Reverend Richard Presenti molested him in 1973 or 1974 at a camp in Middletown.

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Knoel Owen ruled last week that the suit, originally filed in June, could go forward after a psychologist declared that the claim had merit.


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