St. Louis Public Radio News
1:10 pm
Tue July 29, 2003

Five More Suits Filed Against McGrath

St. Louis, Mo. – Five more young men are joining a civil
lawsuit against a former St. Louis area priest, bringing to 12 the number of plaintiffs claiming they were sexually abused.

Attorney Patrick Noaker says he worries about children living near former Roman Catholic priest Michael McGrath. As a warning to parents, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by
Priests today distributed leaflets in McGrath's neighborhood in Richmond Heights.

The suits seek unspecified damages from McGrath and the St. Louis Archdiocese.

In the latest cases, Noaker says the abuse took place in McGrath's van as he gave them driving lessons. Several of the
previous cases also accused McGrath of abusing children in his van.

McGrath was removed as a Roman Catholic priest in 1997 over allegations of inappropriate contact with minors.