March 31, 2006

Sexual abuse law suit filed against Episcopal Church

CBS 47

Last Update: 3/30/2006 4:46:29 PM

The Episcopal Church Diocese in Florida has been slapped with a five million dollar lawsuit.

A woman who grew up in Jacksonville says she was molested several times by her priest. That priest was allegedly Father Joseph Noll. The woman claims the acts happened at St. Stephen's Church in 1969, a church which no longer exists in Jacksonville.

The alleges victim says it started when she was 11 and that the priest locked the door, showed pictures of naked men, undressed and fondled her. She even alleges that the priest made inappropriate use of ceremonial candle.

The plaintiff says she suffered permanent psychological, emotional and physical injuries.

Posted by kshaw at March 31, 2006 08:34 AM