March 12, 2005

Lawsuit against Catholic diocese dismissed

Argus Leader

Associated Press

published: 03/12/05

PIERRE - A federal lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City, in which an Omaha man alleged he was sexually molested by priest in the 1960s, has been dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Richard Battey ruled that Gerald P. Pecoraro missed the legal deadline to file the lawsuit. Under a three-year statute of limitations in South Dakota law, Pecoraro had until January 2004 to file, the judge said.

The lawsuit was not filed until Nov. 29, 2004.

According to the lawsuit, Pecoraro's father ran a bar in Omaha in the 1960s and raised money from the liquor industry for the Rev. Donald Murray and Sky Ranch for Boys in Harding County.

Murray was the ranch director but has since died.

In 1965, when Pecoraro was 14, his parents sent him to Sky Ranch and appointed Murray as his guardian.

Posted by kshaw at March 12, 2005 03:48 PM