March 29, 2005

Testimony to resume in suit against Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland


HAYWARD, Calif. Testimony continues today in a civil trial involving two brothers who say they were molested by a priest while they served as altar boys more than two decades ago.

Bob and Tom Thatcher are suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, claiming they were molested by a priest at an Antioch church in 1980.

Jurors will have to decide whether to award damages to the Thatchers. The two brothers are seeking compensatory damages, and Bob Thatcher is also asking for punitive damages to prevent future sexual abuse by priests.

The Oakland diocese, which includes more than 80 parishes in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, does not deny the abuse occurred.

Posted by kshaw at March 29, 2005 07:37 AM