Spokane Man Files Lawsuit Claiming Abuse by a Seattle Benedictine Priest

Seattle Times
December 11, 2010

A 42-year-old Spokane man filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle Friday claiming he’d been abused in the 1970s by the Rev. John Forrester, a Benedictine priest who had served in the Seattle area.

According to the lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court, the man, identified as G.K., met Forrester when he attended St. Francis of Assisi parish and school in Burien. G.K., who served as an altar boy for Forrester, was 10 when the abuse began, the suit says.

The suit names as co-defendant the American-Cassinese Congregation, a Catholic association of Benedictine monasteries.

Forrester, who died in 2002, has been the subject of previous lawsuits. In 2006, the Seattle Archdiocese and St. Benedict’s Abbey, based in Atchison, Kan., settled four sex-abuse claims for $1.41 million arising from Forrester’s time at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle. In 2005, the archdiocese and the abbey settled with seven people for $2.6 million.


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