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Norwich diocese faces lawsuits claiming sex abuse at school

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut, is facing 20 lawsuits stemming from allegations of sexual abuse during the 1990s at a residential boarding school for minors.

The Hartford Courant reported Wednesday that Hartford attorney Patrick Tomasiewicz filed the lawsuits this week, claiming teenage students at The Academy at Mount St. John in Deep River were sexually abused by two now-deceased brothers.

The lawsuits say that the victims were between 13 and 15 years old and that the abuse occurred between 1990 and 1996.

Minors used to be referred to the treatment facility by the state Department of Children and Families and juvenile courts. It has since become an academy for students with special needs. It's still overseen by the diocese.

A Norwich Diocese spokesman tells the Courant the church is not commenting on pending litigation.


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