Diocese of Crookston Ordered to Produce Records about Alleged Sex Abuse
By Jennie Lissarrague
August 31, 2015
A judge has ordered the Diocese of Crookston to produce all records about sexual abuse reported against any priest before 1985.
The diocese is a defendant in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit, and the documents will be produced under seal, according to lawyer Jeff Anderson. The lawsuit alleges that the victim was sexually abuse by the Rev. J. Vincent Fitzgerald; the victim says he met Fitzgerald at St. Annís Parish in Naytahwaush, Minnesota, in the mid-1980s.
The diocese previously released a list of credibly-abused priests but hasnít publicly released the related documents, Anderson said. Anderson said the documents will show what the diocese knew about abusive priests, when it knew and how officials responded.
The lawsuit was filed under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which gives child sexual abuse victims until May 25, 2016, to file civil lawsuits.