Parents Claim Priest Abuse Led to Son's Death

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware couple has sued Catholic church
officials, alleging that sexual abuse by a priest led to their son's suicide.

William and Othell Heaney filed the lawsuit yesterday in New Castle County Superior County on behalf of their late son, Kevin Heaney.

The lawsuit alleges that the Reverend Edward Dudzinski repeatedly sexually abused their son, who was 19 years old when he shot himself in 1987. The lawsuit claims Dudzinski abused Kevin at
least 100 times, beginning when he was 10 years old.

Named as defendants are the Diocese of Wilmington, Mary Magdalen
Catholic Church and Dudzinski, who currently lives in Herndon, Va.

Dudzinski was identified by former Bishop Michael Saltarelli in
2006 as one of 20 diocesan priests substantiated as child abusers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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