May 23, 2006

Davenport diocese hit with 14 new abuse claims


IOWA CITY (AP) --- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport was presented Monday with 14 new cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests, including seven new claims against the former bishop of the Sioux City diocese.

The claims accuse four priests who served in parishes throughout eastern Iowa dating back to the 1950s.

Each of the claims were filed by men and have been submitted to the diocese for mediation, said Craig Levien, an attorney representing the victims.

"The motivation behind many victims who come forward is they want the truth to come out about an abusive priest," Levien told The Associated Press. "And they feel the only way to get answers is to make a claim and seek the information from the diocese."

Posted by kshaw at May 23, 2006 07:31 AM