A Glens Falls man has sued the Albany Roman Catholic diocese in Vermont Federal Court seeking damages for his subjection to sexual abuse at the hands of his former pastor, Gary Mercure, when he was a boy. Although the victim previously testified in Mercure's criminal trial last year, stating that he was repeatedly raped by Mercure, including while on trips to Vermont in the 1980's.
The Times Union reports that the plaintiff is seeking disclosure of church records concerning the incidents, which the Albany diocese is trying to prevent. According to the plaintiff's attorney, the documents in question may establish if and when the Diocese became aware of the abuse. To read the full TU article, click here.
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