Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Dozens sue Brooklyn Diocese

More than 40 adults who claim they were sexually abused as children sued 13 priests and the Diocese of Brooklyn on Tuesday, and accused top clergy of a cover-up dating back more than 50 years. The suit alleges that at least 43 children were abused from 1960 to 1984, and that the diocese tried to hide the attacks by transferring priests from parish to parish.

The abuse ranged from fondling to sodomy and occurred on church altars, in rectories, school stairwells, priests' homes and, in one case, at Shea Stadium during a Mets baseball game, according to the suit. The plaintiffs, whose suit seeks $300 million, did not want their names made public. When they allegedly were abused, the 39 men and four women ranged in age from 7 to 17.

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