October 07, 2005

Five Louisville-area residents sue Wisconsin dioceses in sex case

Duluth News Tribune

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Five men who were among 243 plaintiffs in a $25.7 million church-abuse settlement with the Archdiocese of Louisville are now suing two Roman Catholic dioceses in Wisconsin.

The men - Kenneth W. Hornback of Harrison County, Ind., and Dennis L. Bolton, Ronald W. Kuhl, David W. Schaeffer and Glenn M. Bonn, all of Louisville - allege that officials in Wisconsin were negligent in failing to alert police to a sexually abusive teacher who later abused them in Kentucky.

The lawsuit alleges that Gary Kazmarek abused numerous victims at Wisconsin parochial schools in the 1960s and that church officials knew, but failed to report him to police or do anything else to stop him.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Milwaukee. The plaintiffs seek unspecified financial damages.

Kazmarek, 64, is serving a 13-year sentence at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex near La Grange after pleading guilty in 2003 to sexually abusing the five plaintiffs, all of whom were under 15 at the time. The abuse occurred between 1968 and 1973 while Kazmarek was teaching and coaching at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School.

Posted by kshaw at October 7, 2005 07:17 AM