Monday, May 18, 2009

Another 39 year old crime comes to light

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Another miracle of repressed memory involving a same sex attack by a teacher!

A Roman Catholic brother accused in a lawsuit that he sexually abused a student at DeLaSalle High School has been named in a second suit alleging that he abused a student at Cretin-Derham Hall

A Roman Catholic brother accused in a lawsuit that he sexually abused a student at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis has been named in a second suit alleging that he abused a student at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul after being transferred there from the Minneapolis school.

The suit, announced today, also adds allegations of fraud, arguing that officials were aware of the teacher's sexual history and, thus, knew that he "was a danger to children" when he was reassigned to Cretin-Derham Hall. The alleged event at that school took place in 1970, four years after the one in the Minneapolis school.

The defendant is Brother Raimond Rose, who is retired and living in Chicago. In 2003, he also was named in a suit alleging that he molested a student in California in 1982. That case was settled out of court for $1.1 million.

The first local suit against Rose was filed in February. The names of the plaintiffs in both cases are confidential. The filing of the new suit was announced by Bob Schwiderski, director of the Minnesota chapter of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).

"I'm here speaking for him because he's carrying some very heavy burdens dealing with shame, guilt and confusion," Schwiderski said of the plaintiff, who is described as a Minnesota resident who was 15 or 16 at the time of the abuse.

Rose is a member of the Christian Brothers, who also are named as defendants in the suit along with Cretin-Derham Hall High School.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is not named as a defendant. Even though both schools operate under the auspices of the archdiocese, it has no institutional control over the faculty. Star Tribune

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