October 15, 2005

Pottsville teen sues track coach charged with molesting her

The Morning Call

By Chris Parker
Of The Morning Call

In addition to the sexual abuse and humiliation, the girl has ''extensive and permanent damage to her psychological development'' and suffers headaches, nausea and loss of sleep, a

A Pottsville teen whom a Schuylkill County high school track coach is charged with molesting has sued the coach and Nativity BVM High School, the Allentown Diocese and its bishop, saying they did nothing to stop her abuse.

Daniel M. Shields Jr., 61, is a ''recidivist sexual predator,'' and the diocese failed to warn the girl or her parents of his ''violent and dangerous propensities,'' says the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Schuylkill County Court.

Shields had a ''long-standing reputation at Nativity for initiating inappropriate sexual contact with female students'' that was known by Nativity administrators and staff, including the principal, the Rev. Ronald Jankaitis, the suit says.

Posted by kshaw at October 15, 2005 07:27 AM