The court ruled in the case of a man who claimed that Father Daniel DuPree
sexually abused him while the man was a teenager in Memphis during the mid-1980s.
The man, who filed the John Doe lawsuit, did not sue DuPree
sued the Diocese of Memphis
, claiming local Catholic church leaders knew DuPree
was a danger to children and had sexually abused other children.
The abuse allegedly began in 1985 during a trip the then-16-year-old boy took with DuPree
to Texas to visit DuPree's family.DuPree was a priest at Church of The Resurrection at the time.The abuse allegedly continued while DuPree was a chaplain and guidance counselor at Christian Brothers High School.
Fraudulent Concealment: Memphis Diocesan officials knew and concealed DuPree's
alleged abuse of other juveniles.The Appeals Court ruling said, based on other court rulings, that making the case for concealment requires an effort by the plaintiff. "Doe knew that Father DuPree was a priest of the Diocese, obligating him to determine, as with any employer whose employee has injured a third party, whether the church shouldered some responsibility for the misconduct of its priest," the Appeals Court ruled.
Equitable Estoppel: Did John Doe have "the means of knowledge of the truth as to the facts in question" when he
turned 18?The Appeals Court ruled he