State Supreme Court Asked To Hear Catholic School Sex Abuse Case

A motion has been filed for the Michigan Supreme Court to hear an appeal in a negligence lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. The high court had decided not to hear the case. The suit accuses the diocese of negligence in the sexual abuse of then 15-year-old Brendan Boman by a tutor at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids. Boman’s attorney, Ven Johnson, spoke with Michigan News Network.

“I just need one of them to change their vote because who thinks it’s OK for a teacher to abuse a kid, and the school district saw this behavior and did nothing about it before this abuse of our client started,” Johnson said.

Johnson says the diocese knew that tutor Abigail Simon had exhibited inappropriate behavior with another student. Simon was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2014 and sentenced to eight years in prison.