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Plaintiff in abuse case recalls torment by priest

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009, 4:07 P.M.

SEATTLE — A man suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle says he thought he was the only boy being abused by a priest.

The 44-year-old Auburn jewelry company manager testified Tuesday he learned only in 2005 that Patrick G. O’Donnell was a serial molester. O’Donnell was a priest in Spokane but also molested boys after being sent to Seattle for sexual deviancy treatment in 1976-78.

It’s the first lawsuit against the Seattle archdiocese over abuse by a priest to go to trial. Lawyers say more than 200 claims have been settled and fewer than 20 remain pending.

The most recent settlement was announced Monday with a second plaintiff in the case in King County Superior Court.

O’Donnell has admitted abusing at least 30 boys, including the remaining plaintiff in the lawsuit.



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