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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 10:00 pm

An Orange County attorney who has previously sued former Lodi Priest Oliver O'Grady and the Stockton Diocese on sexual battery has filed another lawsuit, this one by a woman who was once enrolled in Catholic schools in Lodi and Stockton.

The defendants' names have not been announced, pending authorization by San Joaquin County Superior Court, according to Kathy Frederiksen, legal assistant for attorney John Manly, who filed the lawsuit on Dec. 6.

However, the lawsuit gives a description of the defendants. The description indicates the plaintiffs are O'Grady, St. Anne's Catholic Church and School in Lodi, Church of the Presentation and School in Stockton, the Stockton Diocese, the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly in Ireland, Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Mahony was bishop of the Stockton Diocese from 1980 to 1985, while O'Grady was a priest there.

O'Grady, 61, was a priest at Lodi's St. Anne's Catholic Church from 1971 to 1978 and was a priest at four other churches in the Stockton Diocese until he was convicted of sexual abuse in 1993 in Calaveras County.

The plaintiff, identified only as Jane La Doe, is not being disclosed in order to protect her privacy, according to the lawsuit. She claims she was sexually abused between the ages of 7 and 9 while she was a student at the school at Church of the Presentation between 1981 and 1984, according to the lawsuit.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

First published: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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