|Former Dolphins Chaplain Accused of Sexual Abuse
By Mike Clary
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 21, 2007
A Catholic priest and former chaplain for the Miami Dolphins was accused in a lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Miami Thursday of sexually abusing a 13-year-old altar boy at St. James Catholic Church in North Miami over a five-year period beginning in 1977.
The plaintiff, now 43, alleges that the Rev. Donald Walk took him to Dolphins games and introduced him to players and coaches as he groomed him for abuse.
Walk, now retired and living in Venice, Fla., has been accused of sexual abuse in two other cases filed by the plaintiff's attorney, Jeffrey Herman. The archdiocese settled one of those cases as part of a six-case, $750,000 payment in 2006. The other case is pending, Herman said.
In a statement posted on the archdiocese Web site, spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta said, "The Archdiocese takes any allegation seriously and, as stated in our policy, we report the allegations to the State Attorney's Office' start the process of healing and reconciliation for the alleged victim and accused, and present all the information to the Archdiocesan Review Board."
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