Another sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Dubuque and a former northeast Iowa priest.The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids by a woman identified only as Jane Doe the third. She claims she was sexually abused by the Reverend Patrick McElliott in 1964 when McElliott was pastor at the St. Patrick Parish in Colesburg. She was 13 years old at the time of the alleged abuse. Four other lawsuits have already been filed — also claiming McElliott sexually abused girls at the St. John’s School in Waterloo, and St. Patrick in Colesburg in 1963. In the lawsuit the woman says the Dubuque Diocese knew of the abuse, but did not warn parish families or remove McElliott form the ministry. McElliott died in 1987.
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