Judge Rules Church Abuse Claim Should Go to Trial

A jury should decide a civil case against the Diocese of Covington that claims a man was sexually abused by a priest, a judge ruled.

Judge Mary Noble set a trial date of June 4 during a hearing on
Thursday. Samuel Greywolf alleges that he was sexually abused by the Rev. John B. Modica in the fall of 1974.

At the time, Modica was assistant pastor at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary parish in Lexington, which was part of the Covington diocese at the time.

Greywolf's claim wasn't part of the recent $85 million settlement between the Covington Diocese and more than 350 victims of sexual abuse.

The diocese refused to include Greywolf, noting inconsistencies
in his allegations, such as how old he was when the alleged abuse
took place.

"We don't find the claim credible," diocesan attorney Carrie Huff said. "If we did find it credible, we would have settled it."

Noble said jurors should determine whether Greywolf's claims are

"I do think that under Kentucky law, it's something that has to
go to trial," she said.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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