January 16, 2006

12th lawsuit filed against brother in Pueblo Diocese

Jackson Hole Star-Tribune

Monday, January 16, 2006

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pueblo is facing a 12th lawsuit claiming sexual abuse by a former Marianist brother, the Pueblo Chieftain reported Saturday.

Former Marianist Brother William Mueller is named in the latest suit, which alleges he used ether to render a Roncalli High School student helpless before molesting him. His order, the Society of Mary, is also named in the suit.

Mueller faces similar allegations in Missouri.

A spokesman for the order said Mueller, who now lives in San Antonio, left the order voluntarily in 1986 after being treated for "bizarre behavior."

The Chieftain requested and was denied permission to inspect records at Roncalli, which closed in 1971. Bishop Arthur Tafoya denied the request, saying it would violate personnel privacy policies.

Posted by kshaw at January 16, 2006 05:32 AM