Case against Ex-Priest Set for Trial on Monday

The Examiner
September 26, 2007

Frank Scheuring's lawsuit claiming sexual abuse by a former priest at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Independence may proceed to trial next week, a Jackson County judge ruled Friday.

Judge John O'Malley denied a motion for summary judgment filed by lawyers of Francis E. McGlynn, a retired priest who has been named in two other lawsuits claiming sexual abuse since Scheuring filed his lawsuit in October 2003.

Scheuring, of Independence, claims that McGlynn sexually abused him in 1971 and 1974 while Scheuring was an altar boy at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

McGlynn is scheduled to go on trial Monday in O'Malley's 16th Judicial Circuit Court, despite repeated mediation from lawyers from both sides to resolve the monetary damages sought by Scheuring.

Lawyers for McGlynn had unsuccessfully argued that the statute of limitations had run out in the Scheuring case before O'Malley's ruling.

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is also named in the lawsuit.


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