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Man claims fraud, cover-up by Milwaukee diocese

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 50-year-old Phoenix man has filed a civil lawsuit in Milwaukee County claiming fraud against the Milwaukee archdiocese and a Catholic school for deaf children.

He claims Father Lawrence Murphy sexually abused him at the former St. John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis from 1970 to 1972.

Murphy worked there from about 1950 to 1975. He died in 1998.

Attached to the lawsuit are archdiocese evaluations that his lawyer, Jeff Anderson of St. Paul, Minn., says show Murphy assaulted 200 children and the archdiocese covered it up.

The lawsuit filed Thursday seeks an unspecified amount of damages.

In a statement, archdiocese spokeswoman Julie Wolf said the archdiocese has acknowledged for many years that Murphy had substantiated abuse allegations. She says it now has procedures to prevent future abuse.

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