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Sioux City Diocese Faces More Suits Over Abuse

May 18, 2004 | AP

Another five people have sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City and a priest, bringing to 14 the number of lawsuits alleging abuse by the Rev. George McFadden in the 1960s and '70s.

Three men and two women filed the suits Monday. All were students at the St. Francis of Assisi grade school in Sioux City, where McFadden was first assigned in 1961.

The lawsuits allege that McFadden had sexual contact with the plaintiffs, all of whom were under age 14 at the time. They say the victims have experienced emotional suffering, anguish and disruption of their relationships and employment.

McFadden, who is now close to 80, has been stripped of priestly duties and is living in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The lawsuits allege that the diocese knew of the abuse while it was happening. The diocese has earlier contended that officials only found out in 1991, when McFadden was removed from parish ministry.

Bishop Daniel DiNardo left the Sioux City diocese in March to lead the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas. An administrator is leading the diocese until a new bishop is named.

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