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Lawsuit against Diocese of Brooklyn alleges child sexual abuse by Father William Authenrieth

Lawsuit against Diocese of Brooklyn alleges child sexual abuse by Father William Authenrieth

Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Brooklyn

Lawsuit alleges Diocese of Brooklyn purposefully transferred Father William Authenrieth to work as a priest in Florida, despite their knowledge that he was unsafe to be around boys

WHAT: Jeff Herman (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against the ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN for the sexual abuse of a teenage boy by Father William Authenreith in 1978.

According to the Complaint:

  • Father William Authenrieth was ordained as a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1962. Father Authenrieth served as a priest in parishes and schools of Diocese of Brooklyn until he was transferred to serve as a priest in Florida in or about 1973.
  • In approximately 1978, Father William Authenrieth molested John Doe, a 14-year old parishioner and altar boy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Florida.
  • John Doe has been an active military member for over 30 years. The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act prevents the statute of limitation from running on this claim as long as John Doe is an active member of the military.
  • Prior to sexually abusing John, Father Authenrieth sexually abused other minors whom he met through his duties as a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Upon information and belief, Fr. Authenrieth disclosed his sexual activities with minors to other priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
  • Despite their knowledge that Father Authenrieth was unsafe to be around boys, Diocese of Brooklyn chose not to issue a warning and/or take any action to prevent harm to Diocese of Orlando parishioners, including John Doe, who were within the foreseeable zone of harm of Father Authenrieth’s dangerous sexual propensities.

John Doe No. 93 v.Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn was filed in the Eastern District Court of New York.

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