January 21, 2006

Marysville priest named in suit


By Jim Haley
Herald Writer

Two former seminarians from Mexico filed a lawsuit Friday against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and a Marysville priest, charging sexual assault and harassment.

The lawsuit, filed in Snohomish County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages, including payment for overtime hours they say they worked and weren't compensated for at St. Mary's Parish in Marysville.

Archbishop Alex Brunett is named as a defendant, as is the Rev. Horatio Yanez of St. Mary's. Yanez is accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault of Jesus Alcazar.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon by the archdiocese, Yanez denied the allegations. He was appointed pastor at St. Mary's in 1998.

Posted by kshaw at January 21, 2006 09:23 AM