Saturday, December 19, 2009

Roman Catholic Jesuits in U.S. Northwest accused of Pedophilia sued by more than 500 Sex Abuse Claimants

More Than 500 Sex Abuse Claims Filed Against Jesuits,2933,579595,00.html?test=latestnews
Monday, December 07, 2009
Associated Press
SPOKANE, Wash. ­ More than 500 people in the U.S. Northwest filed claims against the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus in advance of a November deadline, alleging members of the Catholic order sexually abused them as children.

The Spokesman-Review in Spokane reports the claims against the Jesuits span decades and range from Native Alaskan children to students at Spokane's Gonzaga Preparatory School.

A federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy reorganization of the province set a Nov. 30 deadline for people to file the claims. The organization includes Jesuits in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The Jesuits already have settled 200 additional sex-abuse claims.

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