Man Sues over Alleged Abuse by Catholic Priest

Miami Herald
April 29, 2010

MIAMI -- A Mississippi man who says he was sexually abused by a Fort Myers priest in the 1960s has sued the Catholic Church.

Fifty-six-year-old Jimmy Wilkins filed the suit Tuesday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

He claims the Rev. Thomas Anglim abused him seven to ten times while he was a seventh-grader at St. Francis Xavier School in Fort Myers in 1967 and 1968. Anglim died in Ireland on Jan. 19.

The school was under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Miami at the time until the creation of the Diocese of Venice in 1984. Both dioceses are named as defendants. Calls to both seeking comment were not immediately returned Thursday.

The Associated Press doesn't typically name victims of sexual abuse, but Wilkins has agreed to be named.


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