Sex Abuse Claim to Be Re-Examined

Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
March 30, 2002

Suzanne Carrington, the California woman who said she was sexually abused by a Parma priest in the late 1960s, will get a second chance to appeal for financial help from the Cleveland Catholic Diocese in paying for psychological treatment.

William Denihan, who will head a commission to review the handling of sexual abuse allegations in the diocese, said the group will re-examine Carrington's case. The Cleveland Diocese turned down her requests for aid in 1999, saying it could not corroborate her claim of abuse.

But since her story appeared in The Plain Dealer last week, dozens of readers have called or written to say that they, too, were abused as schoolgirls by the late Monsignor Edward Kickel of St. Francis de Sales parish.


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