October 18, 2005

Priest faces 2nd abuse lawsuit

Fairbanks News-Miner

Staff Writer

The former pastor of Immaculate Conception Church has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor by a second woman.

The woman, identified as June Doe 2, claims the Rev. Richard L. McCaffrey sexually abused her in 1980 and 1981 in the Yupik community of Hooper Bay when she was 10 and 11 years old.

The complaint was filed Friday in Bethel Superior Court. The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese and the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province and Alaska, are also named as defendants.

McCaffrey was suspended from pastoral duties at the downtown Fairbanks parish last May while the diocese conducted an independent investigation into a sexual abuse claim reported to Alaska State Troopers that allegedly occurred 25 years ago in Western Alaska.

McCaffrey was removed as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in August, weeks after a suit was filed against him by June Doe 1. The first plaintiff claimed she and others were sexually molested by McCaffrey, beginning when she was 10 in 1978 and 1979. McCaffrey was stationed at St. Joseph's parish in Tununak at the time.

Posted by kshaw at October 18, 2005 08:45 AM