Delaware: Lawsuit Claims Priest Sex Abuse

The Daily Times

September 26, 2008

DOVER A Colorado resident has filed a lawsuit in Delaware claiming he was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest.

Attorneys for 65-year-old William Fleming of Denver filed the lawsuit today alleging that officials with the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington failed to protect Fleming from the Rev. Walter Power.

A spokesman for the diocese declined to comment.

Power, one of 20 diocesan priests listed in 2006 as having substantiated abuse allegations against them, died in 1998.

According to the lawsuit, Power used his position working with altar boys and Boy Scouts at Saint Helena Church in Wilmington to prey upon children in the 1950s.

The lawsuit also alleges that the diocese knew Power was sexually abusing children, but transferred him to a Maryland parish instead of removing him from the ministry.


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