April 20, 2006

New lawsuit alleges priest sex abuse at Montco school

The Morning Call

A Berks County lawyer today continued his statewide crusade for victims of the Catholic clergy sex-abuse scandal, filing a lawsuit on behalf of a 13-year-old boy who says he was abused by a Montgomery County priest.

The suit accuses the Rev. Edward Kuczynski of abusing the boy while he was a fifth-grader at St. Peter's School in Pottstown. It also names the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali, and school principal Joyce Babin as defendants.

The suit, filed in Philadelphia, is the latest prepared by attorney Jay Abramowitch alleging sexual abuse in Pennsylvania dioceses. It comes eight months after a Philadelphia grand jury released a scathing report documenting decades of abuse and cover-up by priests working in the church.

The suit alleges Kuczynski, the pastor of St. Peter's Church in Pottstown, began improperly touching the boy in 2002 and continued until February 2005, when the boy was removed from the school by his mother.

Posted by kshaw at April 20, 2006 07:24 AM