Second Lawsuit in 6 Days Names Former Loveland Priest

By Douglas Crowl
July 21, 2008

A victims advocate group has announced the second lawsuit in six days regarding child molestation against the Archdiocese of Denver connected to a one-time Loveland priest.

The lawsuit involves Harold Robert White allegedly molesting a 12-year-old boy in 1969 while he served at St. John the Evangelist Church in Loveland, said Jeb Barrett, the Denver leader of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP.

The group plans a press conference detailing the lawsuit at 1:30 p.m. today at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver.

On July 15, the group announced a similar suit involving White and a 14-year-old boy in Loveland.

Both victims in the suits remain anonymous.

White has since died and did not practice since 1993. He left Loveland in 1970.

On July 1, the Archdiocese of Denver settled 18 claims of similar abuse, many connected to White, worth $5.5 million.

SNAP claims at least 20 people have complaints of sexual abuse by White and that the church shuffled him around the state during his 33-year tenure, despite knowing of several allegations against him.

After the settlement earlier this month, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a statement that decisions made about White a quarter-century ago would not satisfy current archdiocesan policies for handling allegations of sexual abuse.

A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese has said the state's Catholic leaders take every allegation regarding sexual misconduct of priests seriously.


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