April 01, 2005

Former Mason City man settles suit against Sioux City Diocese

The Globe Gazette

By NICK HYTREK, For The Globe Gazette

MASON CITY A former Mason City man who alleged that a Sioux City priest sexually abused him in the 1960s has reached a settlement with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City.

Dirk Jablonski, 54, has agreed to a monetary settlement. No amount was disclosed.

The diocese originally faced 26 lawsuits. The total number of cases settled this month is 16, and four lawsuits were settled last year. The diocese now faces six lawsuits.

The suits allege that the Rev. George McFadden committed the abuse when Jablonski and others attended school in St. Francis of Assisi parish, which has since closed.

Jablonski is a former Mason City public works director and now works in a similar position in Rapid City, S.D. He declined to comment on the case, which was a condition of the settlement.

Posted by kshaw at April 1, 2005 05:20 AM