A police officer known only as John Doe M.R., has filed a civil lawsuit against Reverend James Urbanic, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and his religious order alleging Urbanic sexually abused him while he was a student at Bishop LeBlond High School in St. Joseph in the 1970s, where Urbanic taught religion and held the position of pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in St. Joseph.
Urbanic was relieved of his duties last summer by the order of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood after two credible reports were received which alleged Urbanic was sexually inappropriate with two minors in the 1970s.
Rebecca Summers, a Diocese spokesperson said she was unable to comment on the lawsuit, but that Urbanic was immediately removed after the diocese review board heard information regarding the accusations. Priests from Precious Blood then visited each parish where Urbanic had served, the Kansas City Star reports.
The John Doe M.R. lawsuit alleges that Urbanic invited students to play pickup basketball, however the plaintiff was the only student to arrive and that Urbanic touched him inappropriately during that and other basketball games. The plaintiff also said he was often invited to the rectory for lemonade, where Urbanic made suggestive comments. Urbanic also allegedly invited the plaintiff to his bedroom, and sexually abused him on one occasion.
The lawsuit alleges that in the 1970s, the diocese and the religious order received reports that Urbanic abused a student but did not take action against Urbanic.
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Catholic Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Student in 1970s