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Lawsuit claims abuse by former Honolulu priest

By Associated Press

POSTED: 11:25 a.m. HST, May 25, 2012

Attorneys have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man alleging sexual abuse by a priest at a Honolulu all-boys Catholic school in the 1980s.

The lawsuit filed in Circuit Court in Honolulu Thursday claims the then-13-year-old boy was abused during an overnight retreat by Rev. Gerald Funcheon, a former chaplain and teacher at Damien Memorial School.

The lawsuit doesn’t name the plaintiff, now an adult living in Honolulu.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says this is the first lawsuit under a new Hawaii law providing a two-year window for claims of sexual abuse against minors to be made, even if the statute of limitations has lapsed.

School President Bernard Ho says the lawsuit will be reviewed by legal counsel. The Diocese of Honolulu declined to comment.

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