Lawsuit Accuses Portland Bishop Of Facilitating Sexual Abuse

A lawsuit filed in Massachusetts alleges that the current head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland was one of three high-ranking members of the Catholic Church who were negligent in allowing an administrator at Arlington Catholic High School to prey on minors a decade ago.

Bishop Robert Deeley, who as vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archbishop of Boston had a duty to hire and supervise Arlington Catholic employees between 2011 and 2013, “knew or should have known” that Vice Principal Stephen Biagioni was committing repeated sexual assaults, the lawsuit claims.

Three unnamed Massachusetts plaintiffs who attended Arlington Catholic between 2009 and 2017 brought the suit against Deeley and Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley and Bishop Peter Uglietto, both of the Archdiocese of Boston. The suit also lists three more unidentified defendants.

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