Dozens sue Catholic church over abuse in Montana

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Posted: Sep 21, 2011 3:45 PM
Dozens sue Catholic church over abuse in Montana

Several dozen people are suing the Catholic church in Montana over sexual abuse they say they suffered as children at the hands of clergy members.

The 34 plaintiffs, who now range in age from 45 to 73, say the diocese of Helena must answer for its "gross negligence." They are demanding monetary compensation plus a long list of remedial actions.

Those actions include publishing the names of all sexual abusers in the diocese and the formation of a task force that would investigate and monitor institutions run by the diocese.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Helena District Court, alleges the abuse took place from the late 1940s through the 1970s in the towns of St. Ignatius, Missoula and Arlee.

A diocese spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message.