Depositions Sought in Priest Sexual Abuse Case

By Jennifer Fernicola
Chicago Now
September 8, 2009

Plaintiffs in a sexual abuse case against a priest in Washington are seeking subpoenas for the depositions of three Illinois priests in order to get more information on the defendant's past behavior.

The plaintiffs, whose identities are concealed, claim that they were sexually abused by Christian Brother Edward Courtney in Washington in the late 1970's and early 1980's. The petition filed today states that Courtney served at three schools in Illinois in the 60's and 70's - Rice High School in Chicago, Leo Catholic High School in Chicago and St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Illinois.

The petition filed today seeks supboenas for the depositions of Brother Thomas J. Collins, John Patrick McGraw and Brother Norbert B. Hueller, all currently residing in Illinois, to find out more about Courtney's "a) abuse of children; b) how that abuse was handled; c) how Courtney was transferred, and d) what information about Courtney was provided to other schools who received him."


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