Archdiocese of Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has been sued by three alleged sexual abuse victims who declare that Arlington Catholic High School’s former vice principal assaulted the teenagers final decade.
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented clergy sexual abuse victims for many years, on Monday mentioned he filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of the three alleged childhood sexual abuse victims towards O’Malley, Bishop Robert Deeley, and Bishop Peter Uglietto.
The three victims allege that they had been sexually abused by Steven Biagioni whereas he was vice principal and an administrator at Arlington Catholic.
The alleged sexual abuse occurred at the highschool from about 2011 to 2016, when the victims had been between 15 and 17 years outdated.
“Significantly, given that years of the alleged sexual abuse are recent, it is apparent that the Archdiocese of Boston and the Catholic Church are still allowing the sexual abuse of innocent children,” Garabedian mentioned in a press release.
“The cracks in the moral foundation of the Archdiocese of Boston are widespread,” he added.
A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Boston on Monday mentioned they often don’t touch upon lively litigation.
“That said, we understand that certain of the allegations in this lawsuit were brought to the attention of Arlington Catholic High School in 2016 and were reported to the appropriate law enforcement and child welfare authorities at that time as part of Arlington Catholic’s ongoing commitment to provide a safe environment for young people at the school,” the Archdiocese of Boston spokesperson added.
“The administrator in question was subsequently removed from his position, and personnel from Arlington Catholic and the Archdiocese of Boston cooperated fully with the investigating authorities,” the spokesperson wrote.
The alleged sexual abuse victims had been assaulted by Biagioni whereas they served detentions at Arlington Catholic, based on the lawsuit.
Biagioni pressured the victims to wrestle with him and with different boys on the faculty, they declare.
“On at least six of these occasions when Stephen Biagioni was wrestling with Plaintiff John Doe I as described above, Stephen Biagioni engaged in explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct with Plaintiff John Doe I without Plaintiff John Doe I’s consent and against Plaintiff John Doe I’s will,” the lawsuit reads.
“Including, among other things, Stephen Biagioni rubbing Stephen Biagioni’s penis against Plaintiff John Doe I’s body and forcing Plaintiff John Doe I’s head between Stephen Biagioni’s legs so that Stephen Biagioni’s penis was pressed against Plaintiff John Doe I’s head,” the go well with reads.
The church leaders had been alleged to “properly supervise employees” to ensure the employees “did not use their positions with the RCAB as a tool for grooming and assaulting vulnerable children.”