Man files sex abuse suit against Brother

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A lawsuit has been filed in King County Superior Court on behalf of a 52-year-old Seattle man who alleges he was sexually abused nearly 40 years ago by Brother Edward Courtney, a member of the Christian Brothers religious order and one of the country’s most prolific abusers of boys in the Catholic Church sex scandal.

The lawsuit was filed this week, months after a federal judge in New York set a July cutoff date for victims to file claims in bankruptcy proceedings involving the Congregation of Christian Brothers in North America, which entered into bankruptcy two years ago under the weight of the many abuse claims being filed against it.

The Archdiocese of Seattle is a party in the federal bankruptcy case and is also named as a defendant in the man’s lawsuit.