Lawsuit filed against Austin Priest accused of child abuse

Reverend Milton Eggerling of the Saint Louis Catholic Church

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is suing the Diocese of Austin claiming that a priest abused him as a child more than 40 years ago.

The man, identified as John Doe in court documents states that Reverend Milton Eggerling of the Saint Louis Catholic Church molested him, provided him with alcohol, and took him on out of state trips over five years in the 1970’s. The lawsuit also states that Father Hames O’Connor, who worked at Saint Louis, also abused John Doe.

John Doe claims in the lawsuit that the Diocese concealed Eggerling’s psycho-sexual disorders and did not report his sexual misconduct. The victim said he an 11-year-old altar boy when he met Eggerling for the first time in 1973, leading to his alleged exploitation and abuse.

Young Reverend Milton Eggerling of the Saint Louis Catholic Church (left), Milton Eggerling age 86 (right)
Young Reverend Milton Eggerling of the Saint Louis Catholic Church (left), Milton Eggerling age 86 (right)

Eggerling died in 2008 at the age of 87.

A spokesperson with the Diocese of Austin says that Father Eggerling never worked for the church, and instead came from another Dioceses and worked for the State of Texas. They also say that an investigation into the allegations is pending and that the Dioceses is not able to comment further at this time.

John Doe hopes other victims will come forward revealing any other information they can about the sexual abuse perpetrated by Father Eggerling.

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