Woman files sexual abuse lawsuit against Diocese of Duluth

By Eden Checkol
Northlands News Center
May 18, 2015

[with video]

Duluth, MN ( -- An Olivia, Minnesota woman filed a lawsuit Monday against the Diocese of Duluth for alleged sexual abuse by a former priest.

Quin Buchtel said she was sexually abused by Father Charles Gormly at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brainerd.

Buchtel said she was first harassed by Gormly, who is deceased, when she was 12-years-old in 1960.

According to Buchtel, the sexual abuse continued until 1961.

Her lawyer, Mike Finnegan, said the Diocese of Duluth continues to conceal information about pedophile priests.

The lawsuit is asking the Diocese to publicly release names of all clergy accused of child sex abuse to keep minors safe.

In a statement, Kyle Eller, a spokesman for the Diocese of Duluth, said the Diocese takes sexual allegations very seriously.

Eller said in late 2013, the Diocese released a list of clergy members who were accused of sexual abuse of minors, plus when and where they served, and their current status.


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