Bonita Man Faces Lawsuit for Alleged Molestation

February 12, 2008

A Bonita Springs man who is a former Catholic deacon is being sued for allegedly sexually molesting a teen more than 30 years ago.

Tom Ferguson filed the lawsuit in Lee County circuit court Monday, alleging that Glen Shrimplin, 74, a former dentist living in Bonita Springs, molested him on a trip to Florida in 1975 and 1976. Ferguson spoke to reporters today in downtown Fort Myers, accompanied by supporters from SNAP — Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Ferguson alleges in the lawsuit — in which he is seeking more than $15,000 — that Shrimplin, a deacon at Immaculate Conception Church in Toledo, Ohio, took him to Fort Lauderdale for a trip when Ferguson was a teen and molested him.

In 2003, Shrimplin told The News-Press he denied allegations from a similar lawsuit, in which he was accused of sexually abusing two boys when he was a deacon at the church. Efforts to reach Shrimplin today have been unsuccessful.


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