Lawsuits allege sexual abuse against two area priests in '80s and '90s
By James Dowd
September 14, 2006
Two lawsuits alleging multiple counts of sexual abuse by priests in the '80s and '90s were filed today against the Catholic Diocese of Memphis in Circuit Court.
Plaintiff John Doe, 37, now living in Bartlett, claims he was sexually molested as a teen by Father Daniel DuPree. The alleged abuse began in 1985, when DuPree was a priest at Church of the Resurrection in Memphis, and continued for several years.
After several assignments including Resurrection, St. Mary in Jackson (Tenn.) and St. Andrew the Apostle in Lexington, DuPree left the diocese and is now believed to be living in Texas.
Jane Doe, 23, now a California resident, claims she was molested by Father Joseph Nguyen from 1994-1999.
Nguyen served at several local parishes, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Germantown, St. Ann in Bartlett and St. Paul the Apostle in Memphis.
The lawsuits seek in excess of $10 million in damages apiece.
Miami attorney Jeffrey Herman, whose firm represents both plaintiffs, promised this is only the first "wave of suits" from other abuse victims in the coming weeks.