Denver Archdiocese Named In Two More Sexual Abuse Suits

Men Say They Were Abuse By Former Priest, Harold Robert White

Two more men alleged Monday they were sexually abused by a Colorado priest at least 25 years ago and they accused the Archdiocese of Denver of not doing enough to protect them.

John Koldeway of Anchorage, Alaska, and a Colorado man identified only as John Doe 1A filed lawsuits in Denver District Court against the archdiocese and the former priest, Harold Robert White, said Karen Hammock, a legal assistant to one of their attorneys.

The lawsuits bring to at least 25 the number of such cases filed in Colorado this year by people alleging they were sexually assaulted by former priests or a Catholic school teacher when they were children.

The lawsuits allege that White abused them in the 1960s and 1970s.

White, who left the priesthood last year, has an unlisted phone number.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Jeanette DeMalo declined to comment on the latest claims but added, "We take every allegation of abuse seriously and we respond with concern for all of those involved."

Koldeway alleged White abused him and his brother, Tom, while their family attended St. John the Evangelist Church in Loveland from 1968 to 1972. Doe 1A said in his lawsuit White abused him at St. Catherine's Church in Denver around 1961.

Both accused the Archdiocese of Denver of fraud, negligence and conspiracy, saying it failed to react appropriately to allegations of sexual abuse against White, transferring him to 11 different parishes around Colorado after he abused at least 12 boys.

The lawsuits seek unspecified damages.

Tom Koldeway, also of Anchorage, filed a similar lawsuit earlier this year.

Dioceses across the country have been rocked over the past several years by allegations that they merely shuffled priests accused of sexual abuse among parishes to hide problems.

In 1991, the Denver archdiocese became one of the first in the nation to develop an abuse policy requiring all allegations be reported immediately to law enforcement officials.

In August, after previous lawsuits accused him of sexual abuse, White said the allegations against him contain "half-truths."

"Their lawyers were saying that this all ended in 1993 and it ended back in 1981," White said, refusing to elaborate.

The Diocese of Pueblo faces at least a dozen sexual abuse lawsuits, and least 13 have been filed against the Archdiocese of Denver.

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