OCT. 3, 2012-Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of clergy sexual abuse, announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Diocese of Bismarck for the sexual abuse of a young boy by Father Maurice G. McNeely, a military chaplain at the Fort Shafter Military Base in Oahu, Hawaii during the early 1970s.
According to the Complaint, Father Maurice G. McNeely, a Catholic priest and author of a book entitled, "Catholicism Without the Guilt," ministered to servicemen and their families between 1971 and 1975 at Fort Shafter.
At the time of the alleged abuse, he
was on loan to the military from the Diocese of Bismarck
During this time, John Doe No. 87
, the victim in this case, lived with his
family across the street from the Chapel at Fort Shafter while his
father was stationed there.
John Doe was a parishioner and served as an altar boy at the Chapel at Fort Shafter under Father McNeely's supervision.
According to the victim, Father McNeely
quickly took a special interest in John and showered him with attention.
The victim alleges that after gaining his
trust, Father McNeely
sexually abused him.
The abuse allegedly included having John perform oral sex on Father McNeely
in the Sacristy.
Jeff Herman, the attorney for John Doe No. 87, said, "Our client looked to Father McNeely for counseling and guidance.
According to our lawsuit, Father McNeely
used his position as Priest and Chaplain to gain this child's trust and then to sexually abuse him."