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Archdiocese of St. Louis

St. Louis, MO: (May-30-07) A man, referred to as John Doe BA, filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Louis, alleging that he was abused by Donald Straub, a priest at the St. George Parish in Affton 30 years ago. The suit claimed that Doe was 13 in 1977 when the abuse is alleged to have taken place. The suit, filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court, says that Straub "worked with, mentored, and counseled" the teenager at Resurrection Parish in St. Louis, but that the abuse occurred at St. George. Straub, who is now 58 and lives in Crestwood, was ordained in 1975. He served at St. George's in 1977, when he was removed from ministry by St. Louis Archbishop Cardinal John Carberry. The lawsuit says church officials knew about the alleged abuse, but failed to report it and helped cover it up. It also names the archdiocese and St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke as defendants. Evidence pointed toward the fact that Carberry and his successor, Archbishop John May, knew about Straub's actions, and yet allowed him to continue working in parishes for years afterward. The suit is the latest of several filed against the Archdiocese, which has spent nearly $200,000 resolving clergy abuse claims against Straub. [ST. LOUIS TODAY: PRIEST ABUSE]

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Published on May-30-07


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