Judge Oks Priest Sex Abuse Suit

By Nicholas Pistor
St. Louis Pos-Dispatch

August 1, 2008

A St. Clair County judge has okayed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Belleville Diocese and a priest removed from ministry.

A former altar boy is suing 73 year-old Rev. Raymond Kownacki and the Belleville Diocese for alleged sexual abuse during the 1970s.

Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto has set the civil case for jury trial on Aug. 18.

The defendants had sought to have the suit thrown out saying the statute of limitations had lapsed.

Kownacki was a former pastor at St. Martin of Tours Church in Washington Park.


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