July 19, 2005

Archdiocese faces new abuse suit

Cincinnati Post

By Mark Hansel
Post staff reporter

A man whose claims of childhood abuse led to the indictment of a local priest is seeking unspecified damages in a civil suit filed against his alleged abuser and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Ken Lawson, one of the man's attorneys, said his client was abused several times between December 1995, when he was 11 years old, and August 1997.

Thursday a Hamilton County grand jury indicted Rev. Raymond Larger on six counts of child abuse stemming from the allegations.

Lawson, who said the boy was sodomized and forced to perform oral sex, was told that failure to comply was a sin because the priest was a messenger of God. He said the boy was further victimized because his mother was dying of cancer at the time and he was very vulnerable.

The alleged abuse occurred when Larger was a priest and pastor at St. James Parish in White Oak and the man, identified only as John Doe, was an altar boy.

Posted by kshaw at July 19, 2005 11:09 AM