Former Altar Boy Accuses Del. Priest of Abuse

September 27, 2008

A second former altar boy has filed a lawsuit in Delaware alleging that he was abused in the 1950s by the late Reverend Walter Power.

Edward Banks, a 66-year-old attorney from Maryland, filed his lawsuit Friday. Also suing the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington over Power's alleged molestation is 65-year-old William Fleming, who lives in Denver.

Power retired in 1983 and died in 1998. He was one of 20 priests named by the diocese who had credible complaints of sexual abuse against them.

Banks practices utility law with the Salisbury, Md., firm Banks, Nason & Hickson. He claims Power sexually abused him more than 50 times when he was serving as an altar boy in the rural St. Francis De Sales parish in Maryland from 1952 to 1954.

Both Banks and Fleming are represented by Wilmington attorney Thomas Neuberger, who has filed more than 20 lawsuits by alleged abuse victims under a law that suspends the statute of limitations for civil actions for two years.


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