Oregon Man Alleging Abuse Sues Omaha Archdiocese

Associated Press in NTV - ABC
January 4, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Oregon man says in a lawsuit that the Omaha Archdiocese ignored reports that 1 of its priests was having improper contact with children.

Nick Johnson of Springfield, Oregon, is suing the archdiocese in U.S. District Court in Omaha.

Johnson says he was sexually assaulted by the Reverend Duane Lucas, now deceased, from the late 1970s into the 1980s.

The lawsuit said the archdiocese knew or should have known at the time of the alleged assault or assaults that Lucas was a pedophile.

Johnson attorney Maren Chaloupka of Scottsbluff says Johnson suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The lawsuit asks for damages exceeding $75,000.

An archdiocesan spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.


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