February 02, 2006

ALLEN PARK: Court rejects dad's lawsuit in clergy abuse case

Detroit Free Press

February 2, 2006

An Allen Park retiree, who sued the Archdiocese of Detroit over the alleged abuse of his son in the 1970s by the Rev. Alfred Miller, had his lawsuit rejected by the Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

Attorney David Steinberg of Bingham Farms said Ed Szkarlat and his son are very disappointed. The suit was an innovative legal attempt to get around Michigan's statutes of limitation on sexual abuse.

The son, Gregory Szkarlat, is now a teacher in another state. In 2002, he told church officials in Detroit that Miller had abused him repeatedly in the 1970s. The archdiocese removed Miller from ministry and announced that the abuse claim against the priest seemed credible.

Posted by kshaw at February 2, 2006 06:23 AM