Burlington Diocese Back in Court for Sex Abuse Case


August 11, 2008

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Three months after being socked with an $8.7 million verdict in a priest sex case, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington returns to court this week for another trial focusing on its handling of a rogue priest who allegedly molested altar boys.

Jury selection is set for tomorrow in the civil suit brought by a former altar boy who says former Rev. Edward Paquette molested him when he was a student at Christ the King school in Burlington.

The Associated Press does not publish the names of victims of sexual assault without their consent, and the man doesn't want his name published.

The case is being heard in Chittenden County Superior Court in Burlington, where a jury on May 13 returned the $8.7 million verdict in the case of a former Christ the King altar boy who said Paquette molested him dozens of times.

The suit going to trial this week, which was filed in 2005, claims he "committed unpermitted, harmful and offensive sexual contact" on the man and that the diocese should be held liable.


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