Court to hear appeal in sex abuse case against Hartford priest

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Hartford is bringing its appeal of a $1 million jury verdict in a priest sex abuse case to the state Supreme Court.

Waterbury Superior Court jury in 2012 ruled the archdiocese was reckless and negligent when it allowed the Rev. Ivan Ferguson to work with children again in 1981, after he received treatment for pedophilia for abusing six boys.

The lawsuit that led to the $1 million verdict said that between 1981 and 1983, Ferguson sexually abused a boy who attended at St. Mary’s school in Derby.

The archdiocese argues church officials weren’t reckless or negligent because they sent Ferguson into treatment. But the victim’s lawyer argues Ferguson shouldn’t have been allowed to work with children ever again. The state high court will hear arguments Monday.

Ferguson died in 2002.

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