A new lawsuit has been filed against the Oregon Society of Jesus alleging sexual abuse by clergy it provided to Alaska catholic parishes. The suit was filed Tuesday in Bethel by 43 men and women who say they suffered the abuse in western Alaska villages. The claims span 4 decades up until 2001. The Jesuits share responsibility for the priests with the Fairbanks Diocese, which filed for bankruptcy under a hail of abuse suits last year. Plaintiff’s attorney Chris Cook says the additional claims arose out of the diocese chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks