US diocese sued after abuse accuser`s suicide
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Last Updated: Friday, July 30, 2010, 00:28
Pittsburgh (US): The estate of a man allegedly abused by a priest in the 1980s is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, alleging he committed suicide this year after the diocese stopped paying for his mental health treatments following two other suicide attempts.

Michael Unglo, 39, formerly of Etna in suburban Pittsburgh, committed suicide in May at a centre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by The Associated Press. He alleged he was molested in the early 1980s while an altar boy, by a priest who was convicted of molesting another boy and later resigned.

The diocese decided to stop paying for Unglo's treatment even though it was covered by the priest's health insurance and paid the priest an unspecified monthly stipend, Alan Perer, attorney for Unglo's estate, said today at a news conference.

"There was money to fund a convicted, paedophile, defrocked priest and yet not enough money to continue to provide for the victim of that priest who ultimately killed himself," Perer said.

The lawsuit alleges negligence by the diocese and Bishop David Zubik and seeks USD 50,000 in damages for factors including Unglo's pain and suffering, his medical expenses, his future lost income and his family's loss of his companionship.


First Published: Friday, July 30, 2010, 00:28

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