Diocese of Crookston facing more allegations of child sexual abuseCrookston, MN (WDAY TV) - The Diocese of Crookston is facing more allegations of child sexual abuse, this time on various reservations in Minnesota and South Dakota.
By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY
Crookston, MN (WDAY TV) - The Diocese of Crookston is facing more allegations of child sexual abuse, this time on various reservations in Minnesota and South Dakota.
Attorney Jeff Anderson announced a lawsuit on behalf of a victim, being identified only as Doe 19.
Father J. Vincent Fitzgerald is being accused of sexually abusing children on White Earth, Leech Lake, and Lake Travers reservations.
Doe 19 claims father Fitzgerald sexually abused him when he was eight or nine years old in 1984 on the White Earth Indian reservation in Naytahwaush.
Fitzgerald has died.
Anderson is taking action against the Diocese of Crookston, claiming Fitzgerald's abuse was known, but rather than having him removed, he was instead relocated.
Jeff Anderson/Attorney: “This courageous survivor, who remains anonymous is not only, is using the child victims act to bring suit against those that permitted the offender to offend on the reservation.”
This is the first civil suit to be filed under Minnesota's child victims act involving sexual abuse on a reservation.