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Navada Man: Minnesota Diocese Knew Of Irish Priest’s Past

Minnesota NewsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Nevada man who claims he was sexually abused by an Irish priest has sued the Diocese of New Ulm, saying it didn’t warn parents or children that the Rev. Francis Markey had been accused of abuse before.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Minnesota says Markey abused the plaintiff in 1982 at St. Andrew’s parish in Granite Falls.

The plaintiff is not identified by name. The lawsuit says he was 8 years old at the time.

The diocese says it is reviewing the allegations.

The lawsuit also names treatment facilities in Ireland and New Mexico as defendants, as well as the Diocese of Clogher, in Ireland.

Markey was recently extradited from Indiana to Ireland to face charges that he sexually abused a boy there in 1968.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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