Woman Sues Diocese Claiming Sexual Abuse

By Carl Kanefsky

August 15, 2008

[with audio]


The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington faces another lawsuit, this one by a female claiming she was the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a priest.

Mary Dougherty says she was 13 years old when Reverend Leonard Mackiewicz sexually abused her several times, claims she says her mother failed to believe.

Dougherty's attorney, Stephen Neuberger, says the abuse culminated in the summer of 1966 when Mackiewicz allegedly attacked Mary on the beach, choking her and trying to rape her, forcing Mary to address the issue herself.


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