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2 Brothers Sue Diocese of Tucson

Apr 13, 2003 | AP

Two brothers who claim they were abused by a now-deceased priest in the 1960s are suing the Catholic Diocese of Tucson.

The brothers, under the pseudonyms James and John Doe, filed the action Thursday in Pima County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges the two were abused by the late Rev. Robert A. Gluch during the late 1960s when they were parishioners at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Miami, Ariz.

The Catholic Diocese of Tucson had no response to the lawsuit, which marks the seventh civil action to be filed against the diocese since it reached an out-of-court settlement in January 2002 with 10 men over abuse allegations. The settlement with the men, who said they were abused by four members of the local clergy during the 1960s, '70s and '80s, was worth an estimated at $14 million to $16 million.

The lawsuit filed Thursday says Gluch, who died in 1993, molested the two brothers while they were altar boys at the Miami parish. The brothers both say they had repressed memories of the abuse.

The lawsuit says diocesan officials were on notice before Gluch arrived at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament that he had "propensities and a past history of committing sexual improprieties with boys that he came in contact with through the church."

Gluch is one of 25 clerics on a list, which the diocese has made public, of men with "credible accusations" of child sexual molestation against them.

Gluch was named in another lawsuit against the diocese in September by a former altar boy who said he was abused by Gluch when Gluch worked at St. Gregory Catholic Church in Phoenix. Gluch worked at St. Gregory between 1964 and 1968 when churches in Phoenix were part of the Diocese of Tucson.

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