Minn. lawsuit accuses dead Irish priest of abuse

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A man who says he was sexually abused by an Irish priest in Minnesota in 1982 is suing the Diocese of New Ulm, taking advantage of a new law easing the state’s statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Attorney Patrick Noaker filed the lawsuit in Brown County on behalf of John Doe 103. It names Francis Markey, who was extradited to Ireland in 2010 to face sexual abuse charges there. He died last year before going on trial.

John Doe 103 says in the lawsuit that he was about 15 years old when Markey abused him in 1982 while he served at a parish in Henderson.

The diocese says it “deeply regrets the long-lasting and devastating effects of sexual misconduct on the part of clergy.”

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