Former Colorado Priest Accused of Sex Abuse

Associated Press, carried in KRDO
March 27, 2009

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - A former Catholic priest now faces a lawsuit from two men who say they were abused in southern Colorado two decades ago.

The lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo and former priest William Groves alleges abuse in the 1980s at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Walsenburg and St. Ignatius Church in Ignacio. Groves was a priest at those sites.

The plaintiffs are identified only as "John Doe." They are seeking more than $1 million each. They say the diocese was aware of the abuse and failed to stop it.

Monsignor Mark Plewka of the Pueblo diocese told The Pueblo Chieftain he could not comment on the lawsuit.

Last year, the Pueblo diocese joined the Society of Mary religious order in reaching a $4.2 million settlement with 23 people who accused former Marianist Brother William Mueller of molesting them.


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