Thursday, January 8, 2015

Green Bay Diocese appeals $500,000 sexual abuse award

via Crux
LAS VEGAS – Nevada Supreme Court justices hear oral arguments Tuesday on an appeal by Catholic Church officials of a $500,000 jury award to a man who says he was molested as a 13-year-old by a priest who’d been transferred from Wisconsin to Las Vegas.

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay argues it can’t be sued in Nevada, that the case should’ve been thrown out before trial, and that the diocese shouldn’t have been held responsible in 2012 for the priest’s actions in 1984.

The priest, John Feeney, was convicted in Wisconsin in 2004, defrocked, and sent to prison for molesting two boys. The Green Bay Diocese paid a $700,000 civil judgment in that case.

The Nevada case stems from allegations that Church officials failed to notify officials in Nevada of Feeney’s past conduct.

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