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Pedophile priest targeted in lawsuits

A Catholic priest who was recently defrocked after being convicted of child molestation has been named as a defendant in several Delaware child sex abuse lawsuits.

Attorneys for several men suing the Diocese of Wilmington for alleged sexual abuse said Tuesday that they are adding Francis DeLuca as a defendant.

Attorney Thomas Neuberger said the decision to put DeLuca in front of juries is in response to the diocese moving away from an approach aimed at settling the lawsuits. Neuberger claims that the diocese’s new bishop, Francis Malooly, has taken a hard line against alleged abuse victims and ordered that they be deposed by church attorneys.

The diocese did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

DeLuca was convicted of abusing a boy in Syracuse and is among 20 diocesan priests with substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse [source].

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August 13, 2008 - Posted by | Sex Abuse

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