New Sexual Allegations against Archdiocese of Miami

August 17, 2011

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Archdiocese of Miami is dealing with new abuse allegations.

Three men have filed sex abuse lawsuits claiming they were abused as children. They point to father Neil Flemming, who was a priest for the Archdiocese during the 1960s.

The incidents allegedly happened while Flemming was working at a residential facility for boys called Boystown. "Flemming used Boystown to recruit victims," said lawyer Jeff Herman. "He found these boys. He groomed them, and then he took them out of Boystown to this mother's house and other locations where he sexually abused the boys."

The Archdiocese of Miami released a statement: "The Catholic Church's concerns are for the victims and a prevailing sense of justice. In addition, over these past nine years, the Archdiocese has been forthcoming and taken steps to keep children safe through training and background screenings of all its employees."

Flemming has been accused in other lawsuits of sexually abusing boys he met through his work at Boystown. He was able to settle in both cases earlier this year.

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