October 18, 2005

Another plaintiff joins lawsuit against former Alaska priest


Monday, October 17, 2005 - by Steve Mac Donald and Megan Baldino

Anchorage, Alaska - There is more bad news for the Fairbanks diocese and former priest Richard McCaffrey. A woman joined a lawsuit alleging McCaffrey sexually abused her as a child. But tonight, through his attorney, McCaffrey is denying the allegations.

She goes by June Doe II, and according to this lawsuit when she was just 10 and 11 years old, McCaffrey sexually abused her in the Little Flower of Jesus Church in Hooper Bay, Alaska. That was in the early 1980s. Her story, similar to that of June Doe I, who in August filed the lawsuit June Doe II is joining.

June Doe I is alleging McCaffrey sexually abused her in her church in Tunanak in the late 1970s when she was also 10 and 11-years-old.

“Exactly the same MO, it’s exactly the same type of grooming behavior, using exactly the same opportunity for molestation which is after catechism when the children are alone, you hold one back and take them into your room,” said Ken Roosa, plaintiff's attorney.

Posted by kshaw at October 18, 2005 09:04 AM