Lawsuit Accuses Indycar Ministry Priest of Sexual Abuse

By Lynette Kalsnes
April 14, 2011

A lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court accuses a priest associated with IndyCar racing of sexually abusing a boy over an eight-year period.

The lawsuit alleges Father Philip DeRea “groomed” the boy to create an emotional bond and lay the groundwork for the sexual conduct in the 1980s in Washington, D.C. It seeks more than $75,000 from Father DeRea, and the Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Aurora.

The suit says the man, now grown, “was not aware that the sexual abuse was affecting his life – or even that he had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Father DeRea – until 2006.” It says an unspecified incident involving his son brought back memories of the alleged abuse.


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