Former Sioux City Priest Wants Sexual Assault Case Dismissed

February 8, 2009

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - A former priest of the Sioux City diocese wants sexual abuse allegations against him dismissed.

Attorneys for catholic priest John Kurzak say the statute of limitations has expired.

They say the charges should have been brought within two years of the alleged actions.

In seperate lawsuits Joseph Kestel, a Schaller Iowa native and now a resident of Minnesota and Jeffrey Steinke who now lives in Montana claims Kurzak sexually abused them during seperate incidents in the early 1980s.

The Sioux City Diocese is also named in both suits.

According to court documents, Kestel and Steinke claim the diocese knew about the abuse and helped cover up the behavior of these priests.

A trial has been set for Kestel's case on September 29th and Steinke's trial for October 27th.


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