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Late priests accused in suit

Bishop of Northern Alaska named one of the defendants in suit

Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2004

FAIRBANKS - A man filed a lawsuit in Bethel this week that claims he was sexually abused by two priests while serving in Western Alaska villages during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Revs. Segundo Llorente and Francis Nawn, both deceased, are named as the assailants of the plaintiff, identified as Jack Doe 1.

According to the lawsuit, the man is a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Sheldon's Point, now known as Nunam Iqua. He claims he and others were sexually abused as children.

Named as defendants are the Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska and the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province; and the Society of Jesus, Alaska.

Anchorage attorney Ken Roosa is representing the plaintiff. He also is representing dozens of others in lawsuits filed on behalf of alleged victims of sexual abuse by two other Jesuit priests, the late Rev. Jules Convert and the Rev. Jim Poole, 81, founder of Catholic radio station KNOM in Nome.

A fifth man, Joseph C. Lundowski, has had almost three dozen complaints filed against him. His accusers said he is a former Trappist monk who worked for the diocese, although officials have said he was not connected to the Fairbanks diocese, which encompasses much of Western Alaska. It is not known if Lundowski is still alive.

According to the complaint filed in Bethel Superior Court Tuesday, Jack Doe 1 was sexually abused by the priests during two different time periods.

Llorente was pastor at St. Peter's in Sheldon's Point in 1956-57, when the plaintiff was 6 or 7 years of age, according to the complaint. On at least four separate occasions Llorente invited the boy to his living quarters after catechism, then molested him as well as other boys present, according to the complaint. Afterward, Llorente gave the victim hard candy, a special treat for the boy, the complaint says.

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