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First Lawsuit Since Grand Jury Report Filed Against Pittsburgh Diocese

August 28, 2018 - 11:34 am
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By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The first lawsuit since the release of the bombshell grand jury report on child sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic Dioceses was filed Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Alan Perer of SPK Law filed the suit in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County on behalf of a victim, alleging he was abused between 1979 and 1984 beginning when he was 12-years-old.

The claims are against former priest, pastor and headmaster John S. Hoehl. The grand jury report lists more than 20 complaints of child sex abuse against Hoehl, many of them during the time period contained in the lawsuit.

The suit names current Bishop David Zubik and Cardinal Donald Wuerl along with the diocese.

In a release, Perer claims that “because of the conspiracy of silence and fraudulent concealment by the Diocese, Hoehl's sexual abuse history and diagnosis as a pedophile were hidden from [the victim] and his family. Had this evidence been known, a civil suit versus the Diocese could have been pursued within the statute of limitations.”

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