Religious Order Seeks Names of Other Alleged Victims
By J.M. Hirsch
Associated Press, carried in the Foster's Daily Democrat [Concord NH]
February 6, 2003
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A lawyer for several men who say they were molested by members of a Roman Catholic religious order says attorneys for the group are trying to intimidate his clients by demanding their names.
Peter Hutchins represents eight men who say they were sexually abused between the 1940s and 1980s by members of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, a Rhode Island-based order that owns Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua.
Three of the men have filed lawsuits against the school, the order and one of the teachers, but only one has been named. Hutchins said Wednesday that the others have asked that their identities be kept confidential for now.
Last month, lawyers for the school and the order filed a motion in the case of the one named alleged victim, Kevin Dandley, asking that all of the men be identified
"They are witnesses to a number of important, contested facts surrounding the issue of liability," the lawyers wrote.
On Wednesday, Hutchins asked a judge to deny the request, saying it was an attempt to intimidate his clients. Hutchins said Dandley does not know his other clients, and the unnamed men have nothing to offer in this case.
In his motion, Hutchins said the information the school and order seek from his clients is available from other sources. He also said their names are protected by attorney-client privilege.
"It is one thing for these defendants to employ litigation tactics to avoid their legal and moral responsibility," he wrote. "It is quite another to intimidate, revictimize and embarrass this plaintiff and the other victim/survivors of sexual molestation.
"It was not the fault of the minor students that this order and school harbored actively homosexual child molesters for decades, placing every student who has attended Bishop Guertin High School" at risk.
Messages left for two of the order's lawyers, Donna Feeney and Andrew Schulman, were not immediately returned. A third lawyer for the order, David Pinsonneault, referred requests for comments to Feeney and Schulman.
In their motion, the lawyers for the school and order also asked for a list of all people with which Dandley has been romantically involved, saying it is relevant because he claims the alleged abuse prevents him from maintaining relationships.
Hutchins called the request "intrusive and unnecessary," saying Dandley already was providing the names of his three former wives, his current girlfriend and the names of the mothers of two of his children.
"The only thing additional intrusive and unnecessary discovery on this issue would accomplish at this time would be to further embarrass and revictimize the plaintiff and those close to him," Hutchins wrote.
Dandley, 43, of Hudson, has accused Brother Guy Beaulieu of molesting him when he was 14 while he attended Camp Fatima, a church summer camp in Gilmanton, during the early 1970s. Beaulieu worked at the camp some summers.
Dandley said the abuse continued when he later enrolled at Bishop Guertin and lasted until the fall of 1975 when the teacher tried to force the boy to perform oral sex on him. Dandley left the school shortly after, but did not tell officials why.
Hutchins said four of his other clients also are alleged Beaulieu victims. The remaining three say they were abused by other brothers at different schools owned by the order.
In a deposition for Dandley's case, Beaulieu said he molested 15-20 Bishop Guertin students and approached 50-75 others but sensed they didn't want to go forward.
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