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Fifth Lawsuit Filed Against Priest

Nov 19, 2003 | AP

Another lawsuit has been filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport involving alleged sexual abuse by priests.

The lawsuit was filed this week by a DeWitt man in Clinton County District Court and names the diocese and the Reverend James Janssen.

In the latest lawsuit, the man claims the abuse began in 1982 when Janssen was a pastor in Grand Mound. He says the diocese should have known about the abuse, but failed to take action against the priest.

The diocese issued a written statement yesterday that acknowledged the newest lawsuit and said it was reviewing the complaint.

The Grand Mound church was the last place Janssen presided as priest, from 1980 to 1990, before his retirement.


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