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Newspaper Ads Seeks Victims of Catholic Priest

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Newspaper Ads Seeks Victims of Catholic Priest

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An attorney is running newspaper ads seeking information about possible victims of a Roman Catholic priest who's accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a young female parishioner in the early 1970s.

A Seymour law firm representing Gretchen Mayerhofer in her claim against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis began running ads Tuesday in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star seeking information about other alleged victims of the Rev. Germain Belen while he was posted at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Terre Haute from 1968 to 1976.

Belen died in 2004, a year after Mayerhofer, who now resides in Placerville, Calif., filed a lawsuit in Marion County accusing him of repeatedly molesting and raping her while she was between the ages of 5 and 10.

Seymour attorney Roger Pardieck said soliciting information though ads is common and has been done in many other cases nationwide to locate similar such victims.

"It is very, very, difficult for people to come forth. By coming forth, they experience the trauma all over again," Pardieck said. …

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