November 04, 2005

Five more lawsuits filed against order, Catholic diocese

The Pueblo Chieftain

Five more lawsuits were filed in district court against the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo on Thursday, alleging that a former brother at Roncalli High School molested students there during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Eight suits have now been filed in Pueblo against the diocese and the Society of Mary religious order based in St. Louis over allegations that Brother William Mueller sexually abused students at Roncalli.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs said Thursday that a dozen more lawsuits are expected to be filed locally over allegations against Mueller, and at least three lawsuits against the diocese are pending over allegations of sexual misconduct by former priest Andrew Burke. He committed suicide Sept. 21 as accusations about him were about to be made public.

Adam Horowitz, a lawyer with the Miami law firm of Herman & Mermelstein, said investigators with his firm are exploring allegations of sexual abuse by other Pueblo priests who to date have not been accused publicly of molestation.

Posted by kshaw at November 4, 2005 09:59 AM