Deadline Detroit | After Nearly Six Decades, Woman Reveals Rape Allegation Against Priest
Judy Larson was silent for almost 60 years before she could no longer hold it.
Larson, 68, told the Archdiocese of Detroit in January that Richard Lauinger, a priest with Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington in the 1950s, raped her when she was 10, reports Aftab Borka of The Oakland Press.
The archiocese said last week that the allegations against the now 85-year-old Lauinger are credible, the newspaper said. He moved out of Michigan in 1985.
“He (the priest) told me then that nobody would believe me. I’ve believed it all my life, ”Larson told Oakland Press about her days at the old Farmington Church. “And now there are people who say ‘We believe you’.”
“It’s amazing to me because all my life I’ve believed nobody would take me seriously,” she said.
The paper reports that Ned McGrath, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Detroit, said Lauinger had been briefed on the allegations and several victims had come forward so far.
The Archdiocese issued this press release on March 28th:
Richard R. Lauinger, 85. Ordained in 1956; laicized * in 1975. Allegations of sexual abuse of minors while on duty were presented to the Archdiocese’s Board of Review, examined and found to be credible.
Ward responsibilities included serving as associate pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington, Christ the King, Detroit, the Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, St. Eugene, Detroit; as co-pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Clair Shores.
The Archdiocese of Detroit does not set any deadlines or deadlines for reporting sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other church personnel. To file a complaint and / or speak to the Victim Support Coordinator, contact (866) 343-8055 or [email protected]
* Formalizes the return of a priest to lay status; cuts ties with the diocese.