Nevada Man Alleges Former Las Vegas Priest Abused Him In 1980s

A Nevada man has filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas, alleging he was sexually abused by a priest more than 20 years ago.

The man, named only as John Doe 119, claims in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that the Rev. John Patrick Feeney fondled him after they attended a University of Nevada, Las Vegas, football game in 1984.

At the time, Feeney was pastor at St. Francis de Sales church in Las Vegas.

The civil lawsuit, filed in Clark County District Court, also names the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay as a defendant, claiming officials there let Feeney transfer to Las Vegas without revealing a history of sexual abuse allegations against him.

Feeney, 81, was convicted in 2004 of molesting two brothers in 1978 in Wisconsin and is serving a 15-year prison sentence.

The plaintiff in the Las Vegas lawsuit came forward after officials with an advocacy group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, publicized the Wisconsin case, said Barbara Blaine, the group's president.

Feeney worked at St. Francis de Sales from September 1984 to June 1985.

The lawsuit alleges Feeney put his arm around the boy, then 13, reached into his shorts and fondled his genitals.

Before transferring to Las Vegas, Feeney worked at churches throughout Wisconsin during a 31-year period, the lawsuit states.

In a prepared statement, the Green Bay diocese said it had not been served with the lawsuit, but said it was cooperating with authorities.

A spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas said officials were unavailable for comment.


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