January 14, 2006

Former priest faces another lawsuit

Sioux City Journal

By Christian Richardson Journal staff writer

A one-time altar boy is suing former Sioux City Catholic priest George McFadden for sexual abuse, according to court documents filed Friday.

Steven Bean of South Carolina served as an altar boy at the Immaculate Conception Church and attended the Immaculate Conception School between first and seventh grade while McFadden was assigned there as an assistant pastor.

The petition for jury trial states that in 1959 or after and while Bean was under 14 years of age McFadden engaged in sex acts with him.

Bean's attorneys R. Scott Rhinehart of Sioux City and Patrick J. Hopkins of West Des Moines, Iowa, state in the paperwork filed in Woodbury County court that the suit is filed in part because McFadden has never formally apologized to his victims.

McFadden became a Sioux City diocese priest in 1952. In the past few years approximately 25 sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against him. Through July 2005 the Diocese of Sioux City has settled 22 lawsuits concerning McFadden.

He is retired and currently living in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Rhinehart told The Associated Press.

Posted by kshaw at January 14, 2006 08:08 AM