January 14, 2006

Priest from Sioux City diocese accused of sex abuse


IOWA CITY, Iowa A South Carolina man who attended Roman Catholic schools in Sioux City is suing the diocese and a former priest who has been named in more than two dozen sexual abuse lawsuits and claims.

In the latest lawsuit filed today, the Reverend George McFadden is accused of sexually abusing the victim in 1959 when McFadden was serving as assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception grade school. The lawsuit states the victim attended the school between the first and seventh grade and served as an altar boy.

The victim claims the abuse caused severe emotional distress, depression and withdrawal from friends and family. The lawsuit blames church officials for failing to discipline McFadden despite being aware of numerous abuse allegations at the time.

Posted by kshaw at January 14, 2006 08:18 AM