November 04, 2005

Court upholds dismissal of suit against Louisville archdiocese


05:17 PM EST on Friday, November 4, 2005

Associated Press

A man claiming to have been molested in his youth by a Roman Catholic priest waited too long to sue the Louisville archdiocese, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

The three-judge panel unanimously upheld dismissal of the lawsuit that Andre Azerot filed on May 30, 2003. Azerot alleged that while attending St. Ann parish in the 1980s, he was sexually abused by Joseph Herp, a priest at the Louisville parish.

In his suit, Azerot accused the archdiocese of negligence for hiring Herp and failing to discipline him and of fraud by inducing him to attend the school without warning him of Herp.

Azerot's attorney, John D. Cox, said Friday he was disappointed by the ruling and would ask the Court of Appeals to reconsider.

Posted by kshaw at November 4, 2005 08:22 PM