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Woman accuses former Honolulu diocese vicar of child sexual abuse

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:15 p.m. HST, Apr 23, 2014

A woman filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Marc Alexander, the former vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, accusing him of sexually abusing her when she was a minor, according to the mainland law firm representing her.

The plaintiff attended St. John Vianney in Kailua in the 1980s when the woman, who is now in her 40s, was allegedly sexually abused, according to her attorney.

The woman, identified only as Jane Roe 42, filed the lawsuit a day before a two-year deadline lapses that allows the filing of civil complaints by adults who were sexually abused as minors.

The lawsuit names Alexander, who stepped down as vicar general and became Gov. Neil Abercrombie's homeless coordinator, and the diocese, claiming the church was grossly negligent in allowing Alexander to work with children.

Alexander, citing personal matters, resigned as homeless coordinator in 2012. His resignation came just days after the state acknowledged receiving an allegation that he had a sexual relationship with a woman while he was a priest.

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pridon wrote:
She waited 30 years to try to tap the system. Must need cash badly.
on April 23,2014 | 02:15PM
makiki123 wrote:
How do you know her situation? What if it was you with all the shame of being abused by a priest and then afraid that no one would believe you. It takes a lot of courage for someone like her to come forward with the possibility of having her name and image being exposed to the public. Could you face something like that? If you don't know her situation then you shouldn't make comments that make you look less than intelligent or compassionate.
on April 23,2014 | 02:34PM
readergirl wrote:
one day before
on April 23,2014 | 07:51PM
copperwire9 wrote:
So she was ahead of the deadline. What is your concern?
on April 23,2014 | 09:06PM
2NDC wrote:
Money can be a very good motivator.
on April 23,2014 | 09:05PM
gsc wrote:
Greed ................
on April 23,2014 | 02:30PM
makiki123 wrote:
Stupid comment by you.
on April 23,2014 | 02:51PM
gsc wrote:
makiki 123, Ai Kae....
on April 23,2014 | 03:08PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I pray you or your loved ones never have to experience this. I know you haven't to this point, because your comment is that insensitive.
on April 23,2014 | 09:54PM
Jonas wrote:
Not too sure about these cases coming into the news. First the guy sueing the Hollywood directors, now this person. Why wait until the very last minute to get your case in? Seems odd to me. Let's see if there are any others that will come in at the last minute.
on April 23,2014 | 03:13PM
Ewaduffer wrote:
Show me the money!!
on April 23,2014 | 10:23PM
handsomeguy wrote:
We all thought the Catholic clergy only went after innocent little boys. I guess they'll go after almost anything. You have to give this lady a lot of credit for coming forward. There is a lot of shame attached to being molested as a child...especially by a priest or the vicar general. They are people who are held to a higher degree of respect. I wonder how many people still believe in the Catholic church.
on April 23,2014 | 03:42PM
honokai wrote:
Actually, I disagree with you completely on giving a lot of credit. You do not have to and you should not give any credit --- positive or negative at this point. The proper thing to do is to have no position in this case unless you have knowledge about what happened.
on April 23,2014 | 05:23PM
readergirl wrote:
and how do you defend yourself when you are dead? some of the "accused" are dead and they are now filing suit because the statute is expiring
on April 23,2014 | 07:53PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Hey, it's none other than the Parishioner Porking Priest! The Homeless Czar, touted by Abercrombie as the savior who would coordinate all the charitable groups to conquer homelessness. Except he left, or got the boot, it was never clear.

Our governor sure does have good taste in staff, eh? Well, they don't stay very long but they make good money while they are there!

on April 23,2014 | 06:17PM
honokai wrote:
Sadistic enjoyment is not really too common in our culture. As I was trying to figure out where you are coming from I found the word -- Schadenfreude. It is not a word I normally use. But I think it must apply to some outsiders that are not a regular part of our community.
on April 23,2014 | 07:04PM
readergirl wrote:
I"m sorry but I am going up for Marc Alexander and I mean really she filed a day before the statute expired. ONE day before....
on April 23,2014 | 07:50PM
copperwire9 wrote:
And that means...what?
on April 23,2014 | 09:08PM
false wrote:
How the once mighty have fallen. Alexander seemed shady from the first day I met him while he was still a priest. Rumors about him abounded till he resigned the priesthood. Next, he became Abercrombie's personally created homeless czar but didn't last long while collecting a six figure salary. Now this. Where there's smoke, there's a fire.
on April 23,2014 | 07:54PM
2NDC wrote:
His brother did an awesome job starring in the TV show "Seinfield". Maybe he has a chance at a career in Hollywood as well? :-D
on April 24,2014 | 01:15AM
LKK56 wrote:
Let's take it to court and let the courts decide. Marc was a priest for years, and on the very last day there is one lonely accuser. If Marc is guilty, nail him. If he is not, sue this accuser. The church has deep pockets, but have you noticed, most accusers have nothing, absolutely nothing, and a lot to gain. Good luck to both of you.
on April 23,2014 | 08:32PM
hikine wrote:
I agree. Have her day in court, have a lie detector test. Last minute filing is kind of suspicious. I'm surprised not many more people filed before the deadline, you'd think they'll come out of the woodwork!
on April 23,2014 | 09:50PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Why is last-minute filing "kind of suspicious?"
on April 23,2014 | 11:19PM
HCSSC wrote:
Let's not forget the Reverend Father Marc Alexander was Hawaii's chief moralizer for many years.
on April 24,2014 | 02:17AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Apparently the naysayers don't have a clue about the cycle of abuse and the torment that children endure during and after abuse. When they do come out they at least deserve a day in court. These naysayers apparently want to close the door on these sexual abuse survivors when they finally do come forward. How sad! Or is it that the naysayers believe the survivors and don't want the voices any justice? Again how sad. In my book, sexual abuse should not have a home free card because of the passage of time!
on April 24,2014 | 10:32AM
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