November 23, 2005

12th sex-abuse lawsuit filed against Denver archdiocese

Denver Post

A former student at a Roman Catholic school in Sterling filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the Denver archdiocese of turning a blind eye to child sexual abuse that took place decades ago, the 12th such lawsuit against the archdiocese in recent months.

The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe No. 2, alleges that former priest Harold Robert White sexually abused him in 1968 in a darkened storage room at St. Anthony's Catholic School while he helped White set up tables and chairs for a church event.

The lawsuit filed in Denver District Court alleges that the archdiocese continued to give White unfettered access to altar boys and other children despite being alerted to allegations against him as early as the 1960s.

An archdiocesan spokeswoman said the archdiocese takes seriously any sex abuse allegation and responds "with care for all those involved."

Posted by kshaw at November 23, 2005 07:20 AM