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May8 2013 Press Release

May8 2013 Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2013
Six More Men File Lawsuits Against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Ten total now claim child sexual abuse by northern New MexicoPriest, Fr. Michael O’Brien
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For more information, contact:
Attorney Brad D. Hall at 505.255.6300 or 505.400.1192 orbrad@bhallfirm.com  Attorney Kelly Clark at 503.306.0224 or 503.407.7381 orkellyc@oandc.com 
 Albuquerque, New Mexico—
Six more former catholic youths have filed complaints against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, for the alleged sexual abuse they suffered by a Catholic priest, Fr Michael O’Brien, who was assigned to several parishes in Northern New Mexicoduring the 1970's and 1980's. Four earlier suits were filed in April with similar allegations arising from O’Brien’s tenure at churches in Questa, Las Vegas, andTaos.The six new lawsuits, like the first four, allege that the Archdiocese was negligentin failing to properly screen, train, and supervise Fr. O'Brien, while fostering aculture that allowed pedophiles to flourish, resulting in the boys’ abuse. All six of the new complaints were filed in Bernallilo County by Albuquerqueattorney Brad D. Hall, who will associate on the cases with attorney Kelly Clark,of the Portland, Oregon law firm of O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP. Hall remarked,"It is now clear that there are O'Brien victims spread over half the state, fromEstancia to Taos, from Peñasco to Vegas to Questa. These six more suitsrepresent brave individuals who have come forward. They are hurting after yearsof silent suffering, and we believe we can get them to the professionals theyneed as a result of filing these claims for them.”
 
Kelly Clark, who has twenty years of representing victim of sexual abuse, stated,"These people often feel that they are ‘the only one,’ but then they come to learnthat there were others. Then they feel emboldened to speak out, and often totake steps to seek justice for themselves.”The six new suits are on behalf of men who range in age from their late thirties tomid 50’s, who all claim a similar pattern of abuse. The abuse of the boys rangedfrom molestation to rape, and was carried out on various occasions and
 
locations. This abuse took its toll on each of the young victims. For example,after being raped by O’Brien on one occasion, one of the boys contemplatedcommitting suicide with his father’s gun, only to decide that he needed to keepliving, somehow. Anyone who has information regarding this matter is encouraged to contact BradHall or Kelly Clark at the numbers listed below:
Attorney Brad D. Hall at 505.255.6300 or 505.400.1192 emailbrad@bhallfirm.com  Attorney Kelly Clark at 503.306.0224 or 503.407.7381 emailkellyc@oandc.com 
 
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SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICTCOUNTY OF BERNALILLOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOJOHN DOE “5”,Plaintiff,v.ARCHDIOCESE OF SANTA FE, andSAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS PARISH,Ranchos de Taos,Defendants.COMPLAINT FOR FAILURE TO PREVENT SEXUAL ABUSE,SEXUAL ABUSE, AND RELATED CLAIMS
 Plaintiff, by and through his attorneys, states as his complaint:1.
 
Plaintiff is a resident of Taos County, New Mexico. Plaintiff is “John Doe 5” amongmultiple victims of childhood sexual abuse who are bringing claims as part of their efforts at recovery and healing. Plaintiff “John Doe 5” lives in Taos County.2.
 
On information and belief Defendant Archdiocese of Santa Fe (hereinafter “Archdiocese”) is a New Mexico corporation which operates or has operated facilities innorthern New Mexico, including in Taos County, New Mexico, including San Franciscode Asis in Ranchos de Taos, and also has offices and does business in Bernalillo County.3.
 
On information and belief, San Francisco de Asis Parish (hereinafter “the Parish”) is aRoman Catholic Church, which operates or has operated facilities at St. Francis Plaza, inRanchos De Taos, Taos County, New Mexico.4.
 
Father Michael O’Brien was a Roman Catholic priest employed by the Archdiocese andassigned to San Francisco de Asis Parish in the early1980’s, after working in other 
FILED IN MY OFFICE
DISTRICT COURT CLERK 
5/6/2013 10:33:06 AM
GREGORY T. IRELAND
D-202-CV-2013-03934
Catherine Chavez

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