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Third Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Priest

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Rev. Shawn Ratigan if facing a third sexual abuse lawsuit, this one filed by the parents of a girl who allege that Ratigan used the girl to produce pornographic pictures, which he then distributed over the Internet. The lawsuit also names the Kansas City – St. Joseph Diocese, and Bishop Robert Finn as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, Ratigan took photographs and visual images of the girl in her bathing suit, focusing on her vaginal area and buttocks. He also took pictures of the girl while she was sleeping, after posing her in a sexually suggestive manner.

The lawsuit also says that diocese spent months trying to hide evidence and protect Ratigan, after finding disturbing photographs of the child and numerous other girls on Ratigan’s computer at St. Mary Parish in St. Joseph, and on compact discs found during a search of the homes of Ratigan’s family members, after he was arrested in May. Instead of informing the police, the lawsuit continues, the diocese ‘aided and abetted’ Ratigan by covering up his behavior and actions, and collaborating to destroy the evidence. The Kansas City Star reported.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, including expenses for the child’s medical treatment. disclaimer: This article: Third Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Priest was posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm at and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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