October 07, 2005

Wilmington diocese paid $68,000 in sex abuse case

The News Journal

The News Journal
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington on Thursday said it paid $68,000 to a Newark man last year and is negotiating another settlement with a Wilmington man, both of whom allege sexual abuse by a Wilmington priest in the early 1960s.

The late Rev. Alfred John Lind Jr. was ordained in 1960 and was serving at St. Catherine of Siena Church near Prices Corner when he is alleged by the Newark victim to have molested and performed oral sex on the then-altar boy in 1963 or 1964, when the boy was about 12 years old.

Lind was transferred in 1965 from St. Catherine to St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, where he is alleged to have performed oral sex on a 14-year-old altar boy, according to the victim.

Diocese attorney Anthony Flynn would not say if Lind was on the list of 26 priests against whom the diocese says credible allegations have been made. That list includes 20 diocesan priests and six from private religious orders.

Diocese spokesman Robert Krebs, who last week acknowledged two Delaware priests who were listed on a Philadelphia grand jury report, said he would not comment on "individual names" Thursday.

Posted by kshaw at October 7, 2005 08:03 AM