Third Man Files Sex Abuse Suit against Diocese

By Peter MacArthur
June 13, 2008

Another person is coming forward, suing the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington for being the target of more than a hundred incidents of sexual abuse he says were forced on him by a former priest.

The man, known as John Doe #3 in the suit, claims he was molested by the Reverend Francis DeLuca between 1962 and 1965 when the victim was a 10 to 13 year old altar boy.

The suit claims, as two previous ones have, that the Diocese was aware of what DeLuca was doing but let him remain a practicing priest.

Doe #3 claims the trauma from what happened has led to alcohol and drug abuse, failed marriages and an inability to hold a steady job, along with treatment for depression.


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