Suit Accuses Big Island Priest of Sexual Misconduct

Cardinal Roger Mahony Blogs
March 7, 2013

A lawsuit has been filed in Honolulu Circuit Court accusing a revered Big Island priest of sexually abusing two boys while employed at Damien Memorial High School in the 1960’s. The suit filed this week on behalf of two men identified as John Roe 6

and John Roe 7 to protect their privacy names Father George DeCosta, Damien Memorial High School, the Roman Catholic Diocese and the Congregation of Christian Brothers as defendants.

The two men claim that as students they were forced to perform various sexual acts when on camping trips and while “praying” with the priest. The suit also claims that the Catholic Diocese was aware of previous claims of sexual misconduct, but concealed the

information from students. DeCosta has denied the allegations.








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