Lawsuit Blames Suicide on Abuse by Priest

Posted: May 3, 2013 6:54 AM by Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS - A new lawsuit blames a St. Louis man's suicide on sexual and emotional abuse by a Roman Catholic priest at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in suburban St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the parents of a man from Florissant who committed suicide in 2009 filed the suit Thursday against the St. Louis Archdiocese. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese declined comment.

The suit claims that Bryan Kuchar molested the plaintiffs' son when the boy was 12 to 14 years old, between 1999 and 2002. Kuchar was suspended by the archdiocese in 2002 and defrocked in 2006. In 2003, Kuchar was found guilty of molesting a 14-year-old boy eight years earlier, and sentenced to three years in jail.

The plaintiffs and their son are not named in the suit.

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