Judge Rules to Continue Civil Sex Abuse Case

St. Joseph News-Press
October 26, 2011

A request to dismiss a civil child sex abuse lawsuit against Conception Abbey was denied.

Officials at the monastery filed to dismiss the suit, which was filed in June 2011, on the grounds that it was beyond the statute of limitations.

The suit claimed the Rev. Bede Parry, who at the time was an ordained priest at the monastery, allegedly had sexual contact with a minor child while serving as director of a residential choir camp in 1987. The lawsuit also alleges that officials at Conception Abbey knew of sex crimes committed by Rev. Parry as far back as 1973.

A Nodaway County judge ruled Thursday the civil case should proceed.

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