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Marion, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, said she was 30 years old when the alleged abuse happened. With attorneys at her side, Marion held back tears as she told her story, hoping she can inspire other victims to come forward with their stories. Let us be heard. Attorneys for Marion also called for Wight, who is 52 years old, to be removed from his priestly duties, demanded the Fargo Diocese release its list of clergy accused of sexual abuse and challenged North Dakota legislators to loosen statutes of limitations for victims so they can seek criminal charges and civil remedies.
The Fargo Diocese ly said it is reviewing 70 years worth of files in preparation for releasing a list of credibly accused priests, but it is unclear when that will happen. Submitted photo of Father Michael Wight. Wight was ordained in January by the Corpus Christi Diocese and was sent in February to serve as a priest at St.
Marion had a history of being neglected and abused, and she came to church almost daily, she said during the news conference. She was devoted to her religion before reporting Wight — she has lost her faith because of what she said happened to her. She alleged that Wight groomed her, touched her inappropriately, jumped on her and wrestled with her.The \
The lawsuit alleges Wight talked with her about pornography and sex. In JulyWight was conducting a confessional with Marion when the assault occurred, the lawsuit claimed. He allegedly tried to touch her vagina and hugged her against her will during confession, court documents claim. Wight would not let her, and instead Wight held Kateri close and shortly thereafter Wight ejaculated," the lawsuit states.
Kateri said she never had a father figure in her life until she met Wight, adding that she trusted him. This is not something you get over. Ann's Catholic Church. The Fargo Diocese learned of the allegations July 12,and reported them to Belcourt police the same day, according to a statement from the diocese. On July 14,the diocese notified him that his priestly faculties were removed, the statement said. Marion and her attorneys claim the diocese blamed her for the attack and didn't offer any help after Wight was reported.
Jerry Drolshagen, American regional priest servant for the society, wrote in the statement obtained by The Forum. Attorneys for Marion said they believe Wight is a janitor at the retreat center. When confronted about the lawsuit, Drolshagen forwarded his statement from to The Forum. He did not answer further questions, including whether Wight is in contact with children or vulnerable adults.
This is the first time Marion has felt hope since reporting Wight to authorities, she said. She feels there may be justice for her. Marion and her attorneys said they hope they can protect children and vulnerable adults from being assaulted in the future by bringing her case to light.
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