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John M. Vai v. Francis DeLuca and St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Parish

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Type of Case: Legal

Location (State or Country): Delaware

Civil or Criminal: civil

Form of Corroboration: other victims, confession

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John M. Vai v. Francis DeLuca and St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Parish was a 2010 civil case in which a Dover, Delaware jury found St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic parish grossly negligent in its failure to properly supervise then-priest Francis DeLuca and responsible for $3 million of $30 million in damages awarded to John M. Vai, who was repeatedly molested as a teenager in the 1960s. According to the Wilmington News Journal, the jury found that Vai only became aware of the sexual abuse he suffered as a child in 2007 after reading an article about a different priest sex abuse case brought against DeLuca by Robert Quill, a childhood friend. DeLuca's confession of guilt and the previous testimony by Quill corroborate Vai's memories.

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