January 15, 2005

Diocese, woman settle sex-abuse claim

Cincinnati Enquirer

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington has reached a settlement with a Lexington woman after she sued over alleged sexual abuse.

Kay Montgomery said she was sexually molested by a priest in the 1960s. She declined to disclose the amount of the settlement.

"The case was never about money," said Al Grasch, Montgomery's attorney. "The case was about finding out about what the church knew and what they did to conceal it."

Edward Fritsch was the priest named in Montgomery's lawsuit. Fritsch was sent by the Covington Diocese in 1966 to the Owensboro Diocese, where he was assigned to teach at Owensboro Catholic High School.

That's where he met and allegedly abused Montgomery, a ninth-grade student at the time.

Posted by kshaw at January 15, 2005 08:36 AM