Court Dismisses Fraud Claim against New Ulm Diocese

September 1, 2010

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has thrown out a lawsuit by four women who say they were abused as children by a New Ulm priest.

The women accused the New Ulm Diocese of fraud for failing to disclose information about Rev. David Roney's abusive behavior. After Roney died in 2003, the diocese acknowledged that he had sexually abused children. Roney served at St. Francis in Benson and St. Mary's in Willmar during the 1960s and 1970s.

The appeals court ruled the diocese's silence on Roney's behavior did not constitute fraud.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the decision could affect other cases that allege fraud against dioceses that employed priests accused of sexual misconduct.

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