April 21, 2006

Lawsuit Says Former Pastor Abused Boy

Southwest News-Herald


A 24-year-old man who says he was sexually abused by a former St. Denis pastor filed a lawsuit last Thursday against the pastor and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Jeff Anderson, who is the lead lawyer for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said that the abuse occurred while the plaintiff was an altar boy at St. Denis Parish, 8301 S. St. Louis Ave., between 1994 and 1996.

The defendant, James Hagan, now 59, was pastor of the parish.

The plaintiff, identified in the suit as John Doe 105, was just 13 and 14 years old at the time the alleged abuse occurred.

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff was forced on multiple occasions to perform sexual acts on Hagan both in the church and inside the school.

Posted by kshaw at April 21, 2006 06:11 PM