Woman claims priest tried to rape her as child

August 15, 2008 10:33:42 AM PDT
A 55-year-old Delaware woman has filed a lawsuit claiming she was abused by a priest when she was a child, and that another priest intervened when her tormentor tried to rape her on a beach. Attorneys filed the lawsuit Friday in Sussex County Superior Court on behalf of Mary Dougherty against the Diocese of Wilmington and Holy Rosary Church.

Dougherty claims that she was abused by the Reverend Leonard Mackiewicz in 1966, when she was 13, and that he also abused nine other children.

Mackiewicz, who was removed from the ministry in 1987 and died in 1994, is among 20 diocesan priests with substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse.

Bob Krebs, a spokesman for the diocese, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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