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Former Franciscan Brother Now Living in Michigan Named by Second Accuser of Sexual Abuse

Two religious orders deny any knowledge of sexual abuse by a former Franciscan brother living in DeWitt who is now named in two lawsuits.

Martin Rusnak filed a lawsuit in New Jersey earlier this year naming Kurt Munn as an abuser and saying religious leaders enabled Munn for decades.

In the legal complaint filed in Mercer County, Rusnak says Munn started abusing him in the 1970s.

That abuse has left Rusnak “unable to live a normal life,” the lawsuit says.

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Rusnak is the second man to name Munn as his abuser in a lawsuit. About two months before Rusnak filed his complaint, Todd Kostrub — who Rusnak identifies as a former neighbor — named Munn as his abuser in a lawsuit also filed in Mercer County.

Both men say the Archdiocese of Trenton and the Franciscan order ignored and enabled Munn’s abuse.

Religious leaders have denied any liability for the alleged abuse.

Read more at Lansing State Journal