Lawsuit filed, alleges sexual abuse by priest

Filed July 14 in the Houston division of the Southern District of Texas, a lawsuit alleges a priest sexually assaulted the then 10-year-old Nazareth Academy student while he was assigned as chaplain at the school.

A civil lawsuit seeking $10 million was filed in district court against the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Holy See on behalf of parents who say their child was sexually abused by a priest at Nazareth Academy in 2018.

Filed July 14 in the Houston division of the Southern District of Texas by attorneys Tahira Khan Merritt and Felecia Y. Peavy, the lawsuit alleges the priest sexually assaulted the then 10-year-old student during mock confession while he was a chaplain at the school.

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at

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I was born and raised in Houston, but spent many summers and weekends in the Crossroads while growing up. I studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and feel lucky to cover a region I love dearly.

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