Archive for Friday, October 22, 2004

Third lawsuit accuses ex-priest of sex abuse

October 22, 2004


— A third sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against a retired Kansas City priest.

The suit, which was filed Wednesday, accuses Francis E. McGlynn of sexually assaulting a teenage girl when her family attended St. Mary's Church in Independence between September 1972 and May 1973.

The woman, now 48, was identified only as Jane I.K. Doe. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Separate lawsuits filed last year in Jackson County by Francis Scheuring and Teresa White are pending. The suits contend that McGlynn sexually abused Scheuring and White at the same Independence church, when they were minors.

All three suits name as defendants the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Bishop Raymond Boland and Vicar General Patrick Rush.

Before retiring in 1992, Mc

Glynn served parishes in Kansas City, St. Joseph, Independence and elsewhere for 38 years.

Through attorney James Wyrsch, McGlynn denied the charges Wednesday. McGlynn, who is no longer allowed to act as a priest, also has denied the allegations by White and Scheuring.

The latest suit alleges the plaintiff was 15 when McGlynn began touching her sexually in the church and rectory.

"We just didn't do what they say we did," Wyrsch said. "We emphatically deny that he inappropriately touched her or she inappropriately touched him."

The diocese said it had not received the lawsuit and could not comment.

In a statement, Rush said the diocese wanted victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

"As a faith community, the diocese offers our support and our resources for healing to victims and survivors of abuse," Rush said.

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