May 11, 2005

Formal complaint filed against church

Kodiak Daily Mirror

Article published on Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
Mirror Writer

Once they receive formal notice, the Anchorage Archdiocese will have 20 days to respond to charges it failed to “supervise and monitor” Father Robert Bester, priest of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Anchorage and a former priest St. Mary’s Parish in Kodiak, who allegedly solicited sex from Fredrick May in exchange for a job on a church construction project.

The formal complaint was mailed from the offices of Josephson and Associates on May 9. Church officials have not received notice of the lawsuit, Sister Charlotte Davenport, from the Archdiocese, said early this morning.

May, through his attorney Joe Josephson, alleges the Archdiocese knew, or should have known, that Bester “was a troubled individual with a proclivity for sexual misconduct.”

May’s complaint alleges Bester’s conduct caused him “emotional pain and suffering and distress,” and May is asking the court to award him the cost of therapeutic services, attorney fees and any other compensation the court may see fit.

Posted by kshaw at May 11, 2005 08:00 PM