6 more sue Archdiocese of Santa Fe over abuse

May 9, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Six more men have filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and are accusing a late priest of sexual abusing them as teenagers in the 1970s and ’80s.

The lawsuits [auth] recently filed in state District Court in Albuquerque brings the total to 10 men who accused the late Rev. Michael O’Brien of having sex with them when they served as his altar boys.

Lawyers said the men in these latest suits currently range in age from their late 30’s to mid-50’s.

Brad Hall, an Albuquerque lawyer who is representing the 10 plaintiffs, says men came forward after reading stories about O’Brien.

O’Brien served at a number of parishes from 1977 to 1989.

An Archdiocese of Santa Fe spokeswoman did not immediately return for phone call from the Associated Press.

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