Suicide's family sues Catholic church

July 29, 2010 at 5:47 PM
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PITTSBURGH, July 29 (UPI) -- The family of an alleged victim of priestly sexual abuse who killed himself filed a wrongful death suit Thursday against the Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh.

Michael Unglo's family said the diocese and Bishop David Zubik should have continued to pay for his treatment at the Austen Riggs Center in Massachusetts, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Unglo killed himself at Austen Riggs in May, two months after he was told a final payment of $75,000 from the diocese would be the last one.

Unglo, 39 when he died, grew up in Etna, Pa., and said he was molested for several years by Richard Dorsch, the priest at All Saints Church. Dorsch was later defrocked and imprisoned after he was convicted of abusing another boy.

The diocese began paying for Unglo's psychiatric treatment after a 2008 suicide attempt. In December that year Zubik promised Unglo and his brothers the church would "right the wrong" to him.

Unglo made a second unsuccessful suicide attempt last year.

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