D.C. Archdiocese Named in Suit Over Sex Abuse

Washington Post
December 18, 1986

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was sexually abused during a two-year period by a basketball coach at a Catholic elementary school filed a $ 200.4 million suit yesterday in D.C. Superior Court against the Archdiocese of Washington and Timothy Slevin, the coach.

Slevin, an ordained priest until he left the order in 1974, was sentenced in May to three to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to four counts of sodomizing the youth, a fourth-grader when Slevin first met him in the fall of 1983 at Sacred Heart Elementary School. Slevin acknowledged to police that he had sexually abused six other boys more than 50 times in the past six years, but charges relating to those incidents were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

In the suit, the mother alleged that the archdiocese was negligent in hiring Slevin, who left the priesthood in 1974 after allegations he had molested other children. A prosecution memorandum filed in the criminal case said that Slevin went through treatment in 1972 for "fondling children" connected with the Nativity Catholic Church in Northwest. The pastor who hired Slevin for the job at Sacred Heart previously has said that Slevin's previous involvement with children was a "complete surprise."


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