READING, Pa., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania family has sued the diocese of Allentown, saying Catholic officials failed to supervise the priest who impregnated their daughter.
The young woman was 19 when she gave birth, The Allentown Morning Call reports. But her family says the Rev. Luis Bonilla Margarito began having sex with her when she was a 17-year-old senior at Reading Central Catholic High School, where he was a chaplain.
The lawsuit, filed in Berks County, also names Bonilla, the high school and the current and former bishops of Allentown as defendants.
The diocese dismissed Bonilla in November from St. Joseph's Church in Reading and from the high school. Officials said they had learned of his affair with a young woman.
The young woman's parents say they secretly videotaped a counseling session between Bonilla and their daughter because they had become suspicious of his advice and discovered they had taped a sexual encounter. The parents said they overheard him telling her she did not have to obey them because she was legally an adult.
The parents say Bonilla continued to have sex with their daughter after his dismissal.