Alleged Sex Abuse Victim Sues Cardinal Mahony


Nov 15, 2006

Another Mexican citizen sued Cardinal Roger Mahony Thursday and a cardinal in Mexico, alleging both share responsibility for sexual abuse the plaintiff claims he suffered at the hands of a priest who served in both countries.

Identified in court papers as Juan Doe, the man, now 22, filed his lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. He alleges negligence, sexual battery and conspiracy.

Like Joaquin Aguilar Mendez, a Mexican citizen, 25, who filed a similar lawsuit in September, the new plaintiff maintains the Archdiocese of Los Angeles allowed the Rev. Nicholas Aguilar to go to Mexico to escape molestation charges in Los Angeles.

In Mexico, Aguilar sexually abused the plaintiff Mendez in 1997 when he was 13 and taking church classes, according to the lawsuit.

Mahony knew of allegations against Aguilar in Los Angeles and did not report them to authorities in time before he fled to Mexico, the lawsuit stated.

Aguilar remains a fugitive, the lawsuit stated.

Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was not immediately available for comment.

In addition to Mahony, the lawsuit names as a defendants Cardinal Norberto Rivera of the Diocese of Tehuacan in Mexico.

Los Angeles police estimated Aguilar molested 26 children during the nine months he served in Los Angeles and was charged with 19 felony counts, the lawsuit stated.

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