David Boyea

United Press International
November 25, 1986

A $12 million lawsuit has been filed on behalf of three former altar boys against the Green Bay Roman Catholic diocese and a former priest convicted of sexual assault.

The suit, filed in Brown County Circuit Court, claims the three boys were sexually assaulted by the Rev. David Boyea, former pastor of St. James Catholic Church in White Lake.

Boyea, 38, is serving a 10-year term at the Fox Lake Correctional Institute following his no contest plea last year to a charge of first-degree sexual assault.

The suit said the boys were assaulted when they spent several nights at the rectory for church-related activities between 1981 and 1985, court documents showed Tuesday.

Besides Boyea, the suit named Bishop Adam Maida, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau, the St. James Church, the Green Bay diocese and the Tower Insurance Co., Pewaukee.

The suit said church officials "had been placed on notice that Boyea had in the past sexually abused and-or molested young men."

It also said church officials should have known Boyea "had a propensity for such sexual abuse or molestation."

The suit was filed by Richard Reilly, a Milwaukee attorney, and requests $2 million in punitive damages for each family, $1.5 million for each juvenile and $500,000 for each set of parents.


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