Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Abuse Filed against St. John's Prep

May 18, 2010

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A man who says he was sexually abused by an instructor at St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville has filed a lawsuit against the school, the religious order of monks that runs it, and his alleged abuser.

The plaintiff is represented by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who has pursued hundreds of lawsuits against alleged abusers and officials of the Catholic Church.

The lawsuit accuses the monk of abusing the boy and his brother in the mid-1980s and accuses St. John's Abbey and the Order of St. Benedict of concealing a pattern of abuse by the accused and other members.

"This guy is a serial offender," Anderson insisted, "and this guy has not been limited in his ministry adequately by his order, St. Benedict and St. Johns, or by his Abbott."

Anderson and the victim allege that the abuse began in North Carolina in the 1980s when the victim was an altar boy, and the accused monk was serving a parish there. The lawsuit also accuses him of recruiting the boy to enroll at St. John's Prep, where the abuse allegedly continued.

Anderson says the accused is currently an active Benedictine monk in Rome.

A spokesman for St. John's Abbey says the school does not comment on pending litigation.


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