May 31, 2005

Victim sues man convicted of assault


Tribune Staff Writer

A sexual assault victim recently sued the Great Falls man convicted of the crime, saying his acts caused physical pain and emotional distress and led to counseling and lost wages.

Roger Earl Cathel, 40, was given a one-year deferred sentence in December 2003 for the charges of sexual assault and indecent exposure. He was ordered to do community service, complete treatment and pay for his victim's counseling. ...

Her lawyer, Mark McLaverty, said sex crime victims suing their attackers isn't new. The Catholic priest scandals are a good example.

"The cases that I've handled have been settled prior to being filed," he said.

Posted by kshaw at May 31, 2005 06:25 AM