January 06, 2005

Lawsuit Names Former Catholic School Superintendent


POSTED: 7:22 am EST January 6, 2005
UPDATED: 7:26 am EST January 6, 2005

BOSTON -- Ten more clergy sex abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Boston Archdiocese, but a lawyer says one that accuses the archdiocese's former school superintendent of molesting a 15-year-old boy in the 1970s is a case of mistaken identity.

Eugene P. Sullivan, who is now pastor of St. Francis Xavier church in Weymouth, is accused in the suit of molesting a boy in his car in 1977.

Mark Martin, now 42, claims Sullivan fondled him as they rode in his car to Camp Fatima, a Catholic summer camp for children in New Hampshire.

Sullivan said he had not seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment.

"I know nothing about that," Sullivan said when reached by phone at the church Wednesday. He told The Associated Press he couldn't remember Martin, saying "This is throwing me for a loop."

However Paul Kelly, a Boston lawyer who is representing Sullivan, told the Boston Globe that Martin may have confused Sullivan with the Rev. Eugene O'Sullivan, a former priest at St. Agnes Church in Arlington, Mass.

Posted by kshaw at January 6, 2005 07:30 AM