April 16, 2005

Almost 90 file claims of clergy abuse against Tucson diocese

Tucson Citizen

The Associated Press

Nearly 90 claims of clergy sexual abuse were on record shortly before yesterday's court-imposed deadline for filing nearly all such claims in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson's bankruptcy proceedings.

The abuse claims comprised more than one-third of some 230 total creditor claims - collectively seeking more than $21.5 million - that were filed before 4 p.m., the cutoff time set by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge six months ago.

Susan Boswell, principal bankruptcy lawyer for the diocese, said she did not have a final number of claims filed because there were some duplicate claims, but that she would be give a status report to Judge James Marlar on Tuesday.

Thirty of the sex abuse claims were filed on behalf of clients represented by Tucson attorneys Lynne Cadigan and Kim Williamson, who have sued the diocese over allegations that their clients were molested by priests or other clergy.

Posted by kshaw at April 16, 2005 08:29 AM