November 03, 2005

New abuse suit filed against priest

Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage Daily News

Published: November 3, 2005
Last Modified: November 3, 2005 at 02:31 AM

A new lawsuit contends that a Catholic priest exposed himself and sexually abused a girl back in 1968 or 1969 when she was 7 years old.

The complaint, filed Wednesday in Nome Superior Court, follows three other lawsuits and an out-of-court case against retired priest James Poole.

The new suit also names the Fairbanks Diocese, the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province and the Society of Jesus, Alaska, as defendants.

The Catholic Church already has settled two of the cases against Poole. With the new complaint, three lawsuits now are pending against him.

The suit was filed on behalf of Jane Doe 4, who didn't want to use her real name because of the sensitive nature of the complaint, as is typical in civil suits alleging sexual abuse.

Posted by kshaw at November 3, 2005 06:45 AM