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Missouri Judge Says Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Alleged Child Abusing Priest Will Move Forward

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Jackson County Circuit Judge Michael Manners has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Don and Rosemary Teeman will move forward, even though the Missouri Statute of Limitations has long run out.

The lawsuit alleges that the Teeman’s son, Brian, shot himself in November 1983, at the age of 14, at his home in Independence, Missouri because of repeated sexual abuse perpetrated by Kansas City Priest Monsignor Thomas O’Brien. The lawsuit also names the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and was filed last September after Jon David Couzens, a former altar boy who served with Brian, told the Teeman’s about the sexual abuse.

Judge Manners ruled the Teeman’s argument that the statute of limitations should be suspended because of the concealment, fraud, and cover-up by the defendants of the alleged abuse was valid.

According to the lawsuit, O’Brien began sexually abusing Teeman at the age of 11 and continued to abuse him until he completed the eighth grade. The lawsuit says that O’Brien forced Teeman and three other boys to perform sexual acts and warned that if the boys told, they would be kicked out of the church, disowned by their parents and go to hell, the Kansas City Star reports.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Couzens has also filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against O’Brien.

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Missouri Judge Says Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Alleged Child Abusing Priest Will Move Forward was posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 9:07 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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