Former Diocese of New Ulm priest accused of abuse

MANKATO, Minn. - A man who claims he was sexually abused by a priest in Granite Falls is suing the Diocese of New Ulm and the Servants of the Paraclete to force the release of their lists of clerics accused of molesting children.

The Reverend Francis Markey was awaiting trial for a sex abuse case in Ireland, when he died in 2012.

According to a new lawsuit he's now alleged to have sexually abused a boy in Granite Falls in the 1980s.

"They had report after report after report attempts at treatment and he continued to sexually abuse kids for a number of years," said attorney, Michael Finnigan of Jeff Anderson and Associates.

The accusations against Father Francis Markey are numerous and occurred over many decades, Finnigan said.

According to attorneys, Markey was suspended from ministry in the 70s because of alleged abuse.

Despite this, Finnigan said Markey received treatment in New Mexico and then arrived in Granite Falls in the 1980s to serve at the church of St. Andrew.

According to court records in 1982, John Doe 10 was about eight-years-old and in the second grade when Markey engaged in "harmful, offensive and unpermitted sexual contact."

This lawsuit, along with another against the Diocese of New Ulm involving a different priest, are all part of an attempt to get the diocese to name more alleged perpetrators. Prosecutors believe there are at least 12 more similar to Markey.

"We're calling on the bishop here, in New Ulm to voluntarily release this list so that this survivor doesn't have to go through the court process to get it and so that this community here can be safe," said Finnigan.

KARE 11 requested to talk with somebody from the Diocese of New Ulm and but that call was not returned.


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