SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A convicted bank robber filed lawsuits from federal prison falsely claiming he was abused as a child by priests in four Catholic dioceses, prosecutors said Tuesday.
A grand jury in Oregon has indicted Shamont Sapp, 49, on charges of mail fraud. The indictment alleges that Sapp filed claims in courts over a five-year period alleging abuse by specific priests in the dioceses of Tucson, Ariz.; Covington, Ky.; and Spokane, as well as the Archdiocese of Portland.
It says the priests Sapp named didn’t abuse him, and his claims were dismissed or denied. It says the accusations cost the church, several courts and other entities time and money.
Prosecutors say Sapp alleged abuse in two cities on the same day in 1978.
Sapp’s claim against the Portland archdiocese was filed in 2008 and litigated for more than two years before he withdrew it, writing “there’s too much corruption for me to deal with.”