Pueblo Diocese, Ex-Priest Target of Lawsuit

Colorado Springs Gazette
March 27, 2009

PUEBLO • A former Catholic priest faces a lawsuit filed by two men who say they were abused in southern Colorado 20 years 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." The men are seeking more than $1 million each. They say the diocese knew of the abuse and failed to stop it.

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

Groves pleaded guilty to a felony charge of sexual assault on a child stemming from a September 1989 incident in Ignacio involving a 14-year-old boy. He was sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to undergo sex-offender treatment.


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