St. Louis archdiocese must turn in sex abuse claims records

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A judge says the St. Louis archdiocese must turn over internal records on sexual abuse allegations spanning two decades as part of a civil lawsuit.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a Florissant man’s parents are suing the archdiocese, claiming his 2009 suicide was the result of sexual and emotional abuse by priest Bryan Kuchar.

Defense lawyers say the documents won’t be made public and only will be used in the trial. They will cover 20 years of any allegations prior to the man’s suspected abuse.

A message seeking comment was left with the archdiocese Wednesday.

The suit claims Kuchar molested the plaintiff’s son between 1999 and 2002. The archdiocese suspended Kuchar in 2002. The Vatican defrocked him in 2006.

Kuchar was convicted in 2003 of molesting a 14-year-old boy.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch