October 08, 2005

5 men who were abused sue dioceses

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Posted: Oct. 7, 2005
Five men who were abused as minors by a lay Catholic teacher in Kentucky have filed a negligence lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of Madison, alleging that they suffered permanent injuries because the two dioceses failed to alert police or subsequent employers to the pattern of sexual abuse he had while teaching in Wisconsin.

The suit also contends that the archdiocese told the teacher to quietly leave town.

The man, Gary T. Kazmarek, was sentenced in Jefferson County, Ky., to 13 years in prison in early 2004 after pleading guilty to sexually abusing five of his former students and sports team members at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Louisville from 1968 to 1973. He apologized to his victims at the sentencing, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal.

The suit here, filed Sept. 29, also includes as defendants two unnamed insurance companies believed to have had liability policies with the Milwaukee archdiocese and Madison diocese.

Posted by kshaw at October 8, 2005 07:40 AM