November 30, 2005

Seven new claims of sex abuse made against former bishop


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- More allegations of sexual abuse have been made against a priest who was in the Davenport Diocese and later became the bishop of Sioux City.

Seven men claim they were sexually assaulted by former Bishop Lawrence Soens. They want to settle their cases through mediation rather than the courts.

The men's attorney, Craig Levein, says the cases were turned over to attorneys for the diocese and Soens last week. The diocese acknowledged receiving the cases, but says church officials and attorneys haven't had time to investigate.

The cases are the latest allegations against Soens, who is already defending himself in state court against lawsuits filed by two other victims.

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 07:57 PM