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February 12, 2014

New Ulm Diocese faces new lawsuit

NEW ULM — The Diocese of New Ulm has been named in another lawsuit that accuses a priest of sexually assaulting a boy and makes a demand for the diocese to release a list of 12 priests who have had credible allegations of sexual abuse made against them.

The latest lawsuit claims the 13-year-old boy was attending St. Thomas More Parish in Lake Lillian in 1976, which is within the Diocese of New Ulm, when a priest named J. Vincent Fitzgerald took him on a trip to Squaw Lake in northern Minnesota. While on the trip, Fitzgerald allegedly sexually abused the boy as St. Catherine's parish, said a news release from the victim's attorney, Jeff Anderson.

The lawsuit also claims Fitzgerald, who is dead, had been accused of sexual assaulting a child in South Dakota before he was moved to the Diocese of New Ulm by the Catholic Church.

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