PORTLAND, Ore.-- Three men are suing the Archdiocese of Portland for sex abuse.
According to a news release, the men allege they were abused as children by a priest in North Bend. This abuse allegedly happened in the early 1980s.
The lawsuit, filed today in United States District Court for the District of Oregon, alleges the victims were each abused by Fr. Pius Brazauskas.
Brazauskas worked at the Holy Redeemer Church in North Bend from the late 1970s until as late as 1990. According to the complaint, the Plaintiffs in the lawsuit say they were sexually abused on multiple occasions between 1978 and 1982. The plaintiff were each between 5 and 12 years old.
According to their lawyer, these men are the first known victims to speak publicly about abuse by Brazauskas.
This isn’t the first time the Archdiocese of Portland has had legal disputes. According to the legal team representing the plaintiffs in this case, in 2004, the Archdiocese of Portland became the first Catholic diocese in the nation to file bankruptcy.
Crew Janci LLP out of Portland is the legal team filing the lawsuit.
The lawsuit against the Archdiocese seeks $9 million in compensatory damages on behalf of the three Plaintiffs, as well as $20 million in punitive damages.