Ex-altar Boy Claims Abuse in Detroit Archdiocese

By Associated Press, carried in Chicago Tribune

November 21, 2008,0,251884.story

DETROIT - Another former altar boy has filed a lawsuit claiming the Archdiocese of Detroit failed to stop sexual misconduct by a former priest.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Ohio by James Schultz, a former resident of Oakland County's White Lake Township, against the Rev. Timothy Szott and the archdiocese. Szott died in August in Arizona.

Archdiocese spokesman Ned McGrath said the archdiocese was aware of the lawsuit.

The Detroit News reports Schultz, now 40, claims some molestation occurred during a trip to Ohio.

Vincent Venturini earlier sued. The newspaper says that case was settled for $725,000.

Szott was sentenced to 18 months' probation in 2003 after pleading no contest to possession of child pornography, and was permanently removed from ministry in 2005.


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