Judge: Ex-Principal Must Answer Questions about Sex Abuse Claims

December 18, 2007

WILMINGTON, Del. The former principal of Salesianum School must answer more questions sexual abuse allegations made against him by a former student in a 2004 lawsuit, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

The Rev. James W. O'Neill is expected to be deposed today by lawyers for Eric Eden of Wilmington.

O'Neill is a priest with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He responded to questions about Eden's allegations in the first deposition, taken in September 2004, but invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination some 190 times in a second deposition in July.

Eden says O'Neill abused him hundreds of times during a nine-year period that ended in 1985 after he told his parents.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,

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