Delaware Lawsuit Accuses Priest of Sex Abuse Decades Ago

By Kathy Brady Shea
Philadelphia Inquirer

August 5, 2008

Four former students at Salesianum High School in Wilmington have filed lawsuits in Delaware accusing a Catholic priest of sexual abuse at the school three decades ago.

The priest, Father Dennis Killion, later served as an assistant principal at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia and is now at a high school in Florida.

He had been scheduled to take a new job at Saint Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, Bucks County, on August 18, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, upon learning of the allegations, withdrew permission for Killion to serve anywhere in their territory.

John C. Manly, the attorney for the four students, said that they came forward separately and detailed sexual abuse perpetrated by Killion, the school's activities director, in the 1980s. Two of the victims allegedly reported the abuse to school officials, who told the boys "to be quiet, he would be transferred," Manly said.

Killion later served as an assistant principal at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia in the 1990s, Manly said. From Philadelphia, he went to Florida was the activities director at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Meyers, until earlier this summer, Manly said.

Manly, a California attorney, appeared at a news conference today with leaders of a support group called the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He said the publicity was needed because the church hierarchy has failed to protect children.

A change in Delaware law generated four child sex-abuse lawsuits that ended a pedophile priest's "unfettered access to children" in three states, Manly said.


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