Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suit Filed against Archdiocese of St. Louis Alleges Sexual Abuse by Deceased Priest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suit Filed against Archdiocese of St. Louis Alleges Sexual Abuse by Deceased Priest

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ST. LOUIS * A Kansas City man filed suit Tuesday against the Archdiocese of St. Louis claiming he was the victim of repeated sexual abuse by a priest who has since died.

In his suit, Tom Viviano alleges that the Rev. Charles DeGuire forced him to perform oral sex on him "on numerous occasions" at St. Aloysius Gonzaga and on a boat that the suit said DeGuire either owned or used.

The alleged misconduct took place starting in 1967, when Viviano was a 10-year-old altar boy in fifth grade, and continued until he was in eighth grade. DeGuire worked at the parish, which closed in 2005. He died in 1982.

The lawsuit also alleges that a visiting priest was aware of the abuse and another priest participated, Viviano's attorney Rebecca Randles said.

According to BishopAccountability.org a website that has a database of Roman Catholic priests, nuns, brothers, deacons and seminarians who have been publicly accused of sexual abuse against children or possession child pornography DeGuire is the 50th St. …

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