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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Austin Catholic Diocese

A man has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin, stating that the church and bishops knew he was being abused by a priest in an Austin, TX church. Starting in the 1970’s, the plaintiff, who is choosing to go by ‘John Doe’, said that the now deceased Rev. Milton Eggerling sexually abused him over the course of five years. Doe claims that several people who worked at the St. Louis Church and School knew or should have known that Eggerling was not fit to be around children. He stated that one of the fathers was aware that the boy was sleeping in Eggerling’s room, which only had one bed. He also took Doe on many trips alone and served him alcohol on several occasions, some during episodes of sexual abuse. Doe will be suing for over $1 million and additional damages. He hopes that by coming forward with his case and making it public, it will encourage others who were abused to tell their story as well.

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