Man Files Sexual Abuse Suit against Bismarck Catholic Diocese

December 13, 2009

FARGO, ND - A man who claims he was sexually abused as a child has filed a federal lawsuit against the Bismarck Catholic Diocese.

William Sagmiller says he was raped by a catholic priest while attending St. Joseph's church and school in Bismarck, ND.

In court documents, Sagmiller says the abuse took place while he was an altar boy in the 1950's. Diocese spokesman Joel Melarvie says he's not familiar with the case and can't comment.

Sagmiller is seeking a jury trial and $500,000 in damages.

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