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June 18, 2013

Priest who served in area accused of sex abuse


In 2011 a man from the Granite Falls church filed a federal lawsuit accusing Markey of sexually assaulting him in 1982. That case was dismissed after the victim's attorney didnĀ¹t respond to a court order to provide a request to proceed anonymously and provide more information about the defendants, which included the Diocese of New Ulm.

Grams said he has not been able to find a diocese record of the parents making a report. At the time, the diocese only knew that Markey was in New Mexico to be treated for alcoholism and was sent to Willmar because he had been accepted into a program to become a substance abuse counselor.

Officials at the diocese didn't become aware of Markey's past until they saw media coverage about the allegations in Ireland, Grams said.

The victim said he doesn't believe there aren't any diocese records about Markey working in Henderson. His parents, who still live in the Henderson area, told him the Arlington priest said the bishop at the time, Raymond Lucker, said he would take care of everything. His parents were encouraged to stay quiet and not report the incidents to law enforcement, the victim said.

He said he left the Catholic Church about three years ago after reading a statement in the Catholic Reader that said the Diocese of New Ulm knew nothing about Markey's past.

"That's why myself and some others are pursuing this. The diocese is lying and lying to these people," the victim said. "There's priests still serving in the diocese who know about this case. There's a history going back on (Markey) since the 1960s. If they didn't know about it, shame on them. It's all been a big coverup where ever someone goes."

The purpose of the lawsuit isn't to get money from the Catholic Church, the victim said. The most important thing to him is that the church be accountable for what happened.

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