Salisbury Parish: Lawsuit Alleges Sex Abuse by Former St. Francis De Sales Priest

Associated Press, carried in Daily Times
January 6, 2009

WILMINGTON — Attorneys have filed a priest sex abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and a parish in Salisbury, Md.

Attorneys for a 62-year-old former altar boy identified only as John Loe No. 1 allege that the diocese and St. Francis de Sales parish failed to protect him from repeated abuse by the late Rev. Alfred J. Lind.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday claims that during his short time as a priest, Lind used his position to ingratiate himself with the family of the victim, who later turned to alcohol and gambling in an attempt to deal with his shame and anger.

Diocesan officials have refused to comment when such lawsuits are filed, but Lind, who died in 1996, was among 20 diocesan priests identified by church officials in 2006 as having substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse against them.


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