St. Louis Archdiocese Sued over Alleged Abuse

October 26, 2011

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis is facing a lawsuit filed by a 19-year-old woman who accuses a priest of molesting her when she was a young child.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the suit filed Monday claims that the archdiocese knew that the Rev. Joseph Ross had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a minor, but allowed him to work in a parish with children.

The archdiocese says it will review the lawsuit and investigate the complaint.

Ross was placed on probation for two years in the criminal case involving an 11-year-old boy. He was defrocked in 2002.

The woman's suit claims she was repeatedly sexually abused from 1997 to 2001.

It isn't clear where Ross lives. He does not have a telephone listing in St. Louis.

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