Former Illinois Priest Sued Again On Sex Abuse Claims

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest whose molestation of an altar boy led to a $6.3 million payout in a lawsuit is being sued again over claims of sexual abuse.

The plaintiff in the St. Clair County lawsuit filed Monday is identified only as “John Doe S.W.” He accuses Raymond Kownacki of sexually abusing him when he was an altar boy from 1985 to 1987 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer.

When reached at the retirement home where he’s living, Kownacki told the St Louis Post-Dispatch the lawsuit “doesn’t bother me.”

In August, a nine-year legal fight by a former altar boy sexually abused by Kownacki in the 1970s ended when his attorney received more than $6.3 million in checks from the Diocese of Belleville and its insurer.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

  • Snap Heals

    In the eyes of many, child sex abuse victims are “damned if they do, damned if they don’t.”

    If they come forward quickly and are the first to accuse someone, many say “I don’t believe it. Why has no one else accused this person of abuse?” But if they come forward later, many say “I don’t believe it. They’re just motivated by money.”

    Ever wonder why more stay trapped in silence, shame, confusion and self blame? In part, it’s sometimes because of the “mind games” shrewd predators lay on their child victims. But in part, it’s also sometimes because of the dreadfully insensitive comments and assumptions made by others who have ever been sexually violated as children and can’t bring themselves to be open-minded or compassionate. . .

    Barbara Dorris
    Outreach Director, SNAP
    Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

  • David Blake

    For Catholics, having your children raped by a Catholic priest is a small price to pay for getting to spend eternity in heaven.

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