Lawsuit Alleges Priest Abused San Jose Altar Boy in 2001

By Lisa Fernandez
Mercury News
September 9, 2011

The Roman Catholic bishop of San Jose has been served with a lawsuit from a 23-year-old San Jose former altar boy who alleges a priest sexually abused him a decade ago.

Matthew Frazier alleges that as a shy boy in the eighth grade, he was fondled by Father Don Flickinger at St. Frances Cabrini Church in San Jose in December 2001.

"It's unusual for victims to come forward this soon," said the young man's attorney, Tim Hale of Santa Barbara, explaining that 10 years, in his view, is not a long time to report a crime of sexual violence. "Some victims take this to their graves. Others, in their 30s, 40s or 50s after a lifetime of problems. This is way out of the ordinary."



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