Lawyer sues Catholic Archdiocese over sexual abuse

Monday, March 31st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- An Oklahoma City lawyer is suing the Catholic Church over allegations he was sexually abused by a former priest.

Attorney Philip Schovanec claims he was sexually abused as an adolescent over a period of years by former Enid and Alva priest Dave Imming.

Schovanec says Imming admitted to providing alcohol to minors and engaging in nude contact with them while he was a priest. The church says Imming retired last year.

Schovanec says the church did not inform its members of Imming's abuse and take appropriate action. He also says the church has disregarded his claims.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court.

Church spokesman the Reverend Edward Weisenburger was not immediately available for comment.