October 03, 2005

New lawsuit alleges sex abuse at school

The Seattle Times

By Christine Clarridge
Seattle Times staff reporter

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of eight men who claim they were the victims of "horrific" physical and sexual abuse at the now-defunct Briscoe Memorial School, an orphanage and day school that operated in Kent.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court, claims that vulnerable boys were abused at Briscoe under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and the Congregation of Christian Brothers, a Catholic order.

The suit is the fourth filed by local attorney Michael Pfau against the order and the archdiocese, representing the claims of 38 men.

The most recent suit also contends that a ninth plaintiff was sexually abused at O'Dea High School in Seattle in the mid-1970s, and that the high school took no action against the alleged abuser even after that boy's parents told the school about it. The Christian Brothers operate O'Dea.

Posted by kshaw at October 3, 2005 05:54 PM