May 21, 2005

Abuse Victim Seeks $630,000 From Boise Diocese


By Scott Logan

The former Boise priest who now lives in Portland was not answering his door today, one day after he resigned his position as an executive at Goodwill Industries when Local 2 News confronted him with a decades-old child abuse scandal.

TJ Hopper says the impact of the sexual abuse inflicted on him by former priest Jim Worsley at St. Paul's Catholic Center in Boise from 1976 to 1980 devastated his life.

"It's manifested itself in chronic depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress," Hopper said in an exclusive interview with Local 2 News.

Hopper, now 40, blocked the childhood abuse from his memory until 1992 and now says he wants justice in the form of a financial settlement from the Boise Diocese for Worsley's actions.

"He suffered no consequences, as a result of this," said Hopper, a Caldwell native. "I on the other hand, have a lifetime of consequences I've had to deal with."

Posted by kshaw at May 21, 2005 01:52 AM