November 05, 2005

Archdiocese is upheld in molestation suit

The Courier-Journal

By Bruce Schreiner
Associated Press

A man who contends he was molested in his youth by a Roman Catholic priest waited too long to sue the Louisville archdiocese, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled yesterday.

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

Earlier this year, the Vatican dismissed Herp from the priesthood. He was removed permanently from ministry in 2002 by the Louisville Archdiocese after it said it confirmed abuse allegations against him.

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

Posted by kshaw at November 5, 2005 07:07 AM