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Civil Suit Filed Against Priest, Trial Date Set

Nov 14, 2002 | WAVE, KY A civil suit filed against the Archdiocese of Louisville claims negligence on part of the church by not preventing a priest with a history of sexual abuse from molesting two boys.

This is the 197th case against the Archdiocese regarding negligence in dealing with sexual abuse claims.

The priest who allegedly molested the two boys, Daniel C. Clark is jailed in Bullitt County's Detention Center after being arrested by Shepherdsville police on sexual abuse charges filed by the mother of the two boys.

The civil suit filed by the mother of the two boys, pertains to the same parties involved in the criminal suit against Clark, according to the plaintiff's attorney, Richard Shapero.

The charges claim Clark, while visiting the boys' home on numerous occasions, sodomized and sexually abused the two boys who were both less than 12-years-old at the time.

Clark is being held on $500,000 bond until his criminal trial set for March 20, 2003.
Clark has been named in 18 other lawsuits pertaining to alleged sexual abuses while working as a priest in the 1980s.

Clark spent 90 days in jail as a sentence in 1988, after being convicted of sexually abusing two students at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Louisville.

In addition, Clark was sentenced to 15 years probation and was permanently removed from public ministry by Archbishop Thomas Kelly after the conviction.

Clark's attorney David Lambertus would not comment on the civil suit.

Evidence against Clark includes a police-recorded conversation between Clark and one of the two boys in which Clark admits the abuses and claimed to suffer from mental illnesses.

"I was sick...And no one in their right mind would do something like that," Clark told the boy on the tape.

"It was not your fault. You shouldn't have to feel guilty. It was all my fault," said Clark to the boy in the recorded conversation.

If convicted of the criminal charges, Clark could spend the rest of his life in jail on the two Class D felonies and the two Class A felonies relating to the boys. Archdiocese Spokesperson Cecilia Price would not comment on pending litigation.

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