March 02, 2005

JANE DOE 1: Woman alleged the Rev. James Poole molested her.

Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage Daily News

Published: March 2nd, 2005
Last Modified: March 2nd, 2005 at 03:18 AM

The Catholic church and a woman who says a Nome priest molested her in the 1970s have agreed to the broad terms of a settlement in a civil suit she brought against the church, her attorney said, with a final deal expected to be in the $1 million range.

Attorney Ken Roosa said the details are still being hashed out.

Elsie Boudreau, identified in court documents as Jane Doe 1, sued the Rev. James Poole, the Diocese of Fairbanks, the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province and the Alaska Jesuits in March last year. Boudreau accused Poole, a Jesuit, of kissing and fondling her dozens of times, starting in 1978 during summer visits to Nome and lasting until she was 16. The abuse included heavy petting and having her lie on top of him, the lawsuit says.

She said in a recent interview that she decided to sue after discussions with Fairbanks Bishop Donald Kettler about counseling bothered her. The bishop put parameters on paying for counseling, she said.

Posted by kshaw at March 2, 2005 03:12 PM