Attorneys for a man claiming he was sexually abused by clergy at St. John’s in Collegeville have filed a lawsuit, alleging a massive cover-up that spans more than 25 years.
The Order of St. Benedict, St. John’s Abbey, and St. John’s Preparatory School are listed as defendants on the lawsuit filed in Stearns County Court on Tuesday. Plaintiff attorney Pat Noaker says the suit identifies 11 accused, abusive Benedictines who were continually allowed to work with children from the early 60s through the mid-eighties.
“This concealment was overt and intentional at St. John’s, this was not accidental,” Noaker said shortly after filing the lawsuit.
The plaintiff listed on court papers is Jerry McCarthy, who says he was sexually abused by a father at St. John’s in 1971; when he was a high school sophomore at St. John’s Prep.
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By Scott Seroka