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SNAP Press Release

New lawsuit charges that ex-pastor molested boy

Clergyman was criminally convicted but now walks free

Victims appeal to others why may have been hurt to “come forward”

At a news conference, an attorney and clergy sex abuse victims will disclose and discuss a new civil lawsuit.

It charges that
-- a Lutheran clergyman sexually assaulted a boy and
-- church officials knew (or should have known) that he was a child molester before moving him to Iowa.

Wednesday, September 29 @ 1 P.M.

Outside the Polk County Court House (on the main entrance steps), 500 Mulberry Street Des Moines, IA

Two clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and a Des Moines attorney

The new lawsuit charges that St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and officials of the Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA, 800/638-3522 or 773/380-2700, [email protected]) knew/or should have known that a year prior to his employment at St. John’s in 1983, Duane Martinson was investigated by Bloomington, Minnesota police for allegedly sexually abusing children while serving as a minister at Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington.

The lawsuit alleges that in 1983, as Associate Pastor of St. John’s, Martinson befriended the then 15 year old boy and his family and sexually assaulted the boy. The lawsuit says the abuse occurred from 1983 to 1985.

In 1985, Martinson pled ‘no contest’ to charges of molesting an Iowa boy.

The suit is being filed on Wednesday in Polk County, Iowa. The legal complaint and related documents will be available at the news conference or at at 1 p.m. Wednesday. (A similar news conference is being held in St. Paul, also at 1 p.m. Wednesday.)

Martinson now lives in Minneapolis and works at the Minneapolis-based E Tech Inc. and reportedly mentors college students.

Joseph Galligan 515 710 2721, [email protected], Jeff Anderson 651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell,
David Clohessy 314 566 9790 [email protected]

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests