October 06, 2005

Lawsuit alleges abuse by priest

Casper Star-Tribune

Associated Press writer Thursday, October 06, 2005

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Nebraska lawsuit filed by a Wyoming man accuses a Missouri priest of sexually abusing a student at a Roman Catholic boy's home there 20 years ago.

Darren Boudreau, 34, of Cheyenne claims in the lawsuit that he was "emotionally and mentally scarred for life" because of the alleged abuse by the Rev. Richard Colbert from approximately 1985 to 1989 at Father Flanagan's Girls and Boys Town in Omaha, Neb.

Colbert has served at St. Anne's parish in Warsaw, Mo., since 1999 and has worked at numerous other churches, many of which also are in the Jefferson City diocese. He was at a conference Tuesday and unavailable for comment, said St. Anne's secretary Jeanne Holloway.

Diocese of Jefferson City spokesman Mark Saucier declined comment, saying church officials were unaware of the lawsuit until Tuesday and had not yet seen it. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 26 in Douglas County (Neb.) District Court, but was promoted Tuesday by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by kshaw at October 6, 2005 10:35 AM