Duluth priest sues man who accused him of sexual abuse
A Duluth priest has turned the tables on a man who is accusing him of sexual abuse.continue at Duluth Tribune
The Rev. William C. Graham, pastor at St. Michael's Catholic Church in the Lakeside neighborhood, is suing his accuser, who claims that he was abused by the priest nearly four decades ago.
The filing identifies St. John's Church, St. Benedict's Church and the Marshall School (formerly Cathedral High School) as defendants. Graham is not personally named as a defendant, but is mentioned in the suit as the focus of the abuse allegations.
On Friday, Patrick Neaton, a Chanhassen, Minn., attorney for Graham, provided the News Tribune with a nine-page complaint that he said will be served on Doe 446.
Graham's suit accuses the man of engaging in a "last-minute effort to obtain some sort of pecuniary gain," citing the fact that the lawsuit was filed two days ahead of the expiration of the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which temporarily suspended the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse lawsuits.
The lawsuit claims that the man's allegations have interfered with Graham's contractual obligations to the church and inflicted emotional distress upon the priest.
"Fr. Graham has no intention of remaining silent in the face of the false and malicious charges that (Doe 446) and the law firm have made against him in the lawsuit," Neaton wrote.