Woman sues St. Louis archdiocese, alleging sex abuse

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STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) _ A woman claims in a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Louis that she was sexually abused by a former coach at her Roman Catholic high school.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the woman filed the suit last week in Missouri’s Ste. Genevieve County south of St. Louis, identifying herself only as “K.B.”

The lawsuit alleges she was abused by Martin Weiler as a teenager in the locker room, weight room and faculty parking lot at Valle Catholic High School in Ste. Genevieve.

Weiler committed suicide in 2009, after the accuser contacted police.

The suit says the plaintiff now is imprisoned for drug-related crimes and blames her “downward spiral” on Weiler.

The archdiocese says it investigated the allegations and interviewed the imprisoned plaintiff but found the claims meritless.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch