4 Sisters Claim SA Priest Abused Them

March 9, 2011

[with video]

[statement from the diocese]

SAN ANTONIO -- Four sisters are suing the Archdiocese of San Antonio, claiming a priest sexually abused them for years. The lawsuit claims that the Rev. Theo Clerx abused the girls for a unspecified period of time, that began when the sisters were 10, 11 and 12 years old.

Clerx has since passed away.

"I can't answer for any of my sisters," said Rocio Castro, one of the victims, "but I know what happened to me was not correct."

The lawsuit claims some of the abuse happened at St. John Berchmans Church, and Castro said some of it also took place at her childhood home, while her mother was away at work.

"The mother was a janitor at the church, and he talked the mom into giving him a key," said Bob Hillard, attorney for the sisters. "It just factually goes graphically downhill from there, as you can imagine."

Although the Archdiocese of San Antonio would not comment on the lawsuit, in a statement posted on their website, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia Siller said, "We continue to pray for the healing of anyone who is the victim of abuse and remain committed to work toward making all catholic institutions in the archdiocese a place of safety, love, and peace for all our people."


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