Margaret Carrero

Archdiocese of LA Under Fire for Past Abuse Allegations by Priest

August 27, 2018 - 1:52 pm

(KNX 1070) - A Manhattan Beach woman who says she was sexually abused by a priest is calling out the Los Angeles Archdiocese for allowing him to keep ministering.

KNX reporter Margaret Carrero:

Several years ago, Kate Bergin sued the Archdiocese for allowing Father Nicholas Assi to remain in the ministry at different parishes after he allegedly touched her inappropriately while she was setting up Mass.

Today, he’s at St. Luke’s in Temple City.

Despite settling her lawsuit for about $100,000, Bergin felt a need to speak out because she believes there are probably other victims.

She says she feels abandoned and betrayed by church leaders and the Archdiocese. 

The LA Archdiocese came out with a statement. The Archdiocese said Father Assi was only returned to ministry after police investigated the allegations and the District Attorney’s office declined to press charges. The Archdiocese also says parishioners at the church where he now serves were made aware of the allegations against him.

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