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Norwich Diocese Faces 20 New Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

Nov 29, 2018

The Norwich Roman Catholic Diocese is facing 20 new lawsuits alleging years of sexual abuse at a residential boarding school.

The Academy at Mount St. John in Deep River was a treatment facility for troubled minors, and operated by the Norwich diocese. The facility is no longer a boarding school and has since been renamed The Connecticut Transition Academy. It is still run by the diocese.

The abuse allegedly occurred from the mid 1980s to the year 2000.

The lawsuits attribute most of the sex abuse to Brother K. Paul McGlade and Brother Pascal Alford, both from Australia. They are both now deceased.

The victims ranged in age from 11 to 14 years old, according to attorney Patrick Tomasiewicz, who filed the lawsuits on behalf on Tuesday.

“I have a lot of men who I refer to as my ‘broken wings’ that endured some treatment which was entirely inappropriate,” said Tomasiewicz.

Three years ago, Tomasiewicz filed three similar lawsuits against the facility and the Norwich Diocese that are still pending. He anticipates more lawsuits will be filed in the future. A spokesman for the Norwich Diocese says they cannot comment on pending litigation.