January 05, 2005

Catholic Order Faces New Suit Alleging Abuse At Orphanage


(LOUISVILLE, January 5th, 2005, 5:30 p.m.) -- A Catholic order was sued Wednesday by a man claiming he was sexually abused by nuns while living at a Jefferson County orphanage when he was a boy.

Richard Lauersdorf accused the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth of concealing the alleged abuse by nuns at the now-closed St. Thomas-St. Vincent Orphanage.

Lauersdorf seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages from the religious order based in Nelson County, along with a jury trial. Several dozen other former residents of the orphanage have filed suit claiming they were molested by a priest or nuns over several decades.

Lauersdorf, now 49, claims that he was beaten and molested repeatedly and forced to eat his own vomit. The suit does not name his alleged abusers.

The suit said Lauersdorf lived at the orphanage in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Posted by kshaw at January 5, 2005 05:30 PM