Another clergy sex abuse suit filed

WDEL News, Delaware/September 12, 2008

Another suit's been filed against a priest accused of sexually abusing an altar boy at a home in Rehoboth Beach three decades ago.

In the suit, the plaintiff is identified as John Poe #1, a now-51 year old who says the Reverend Leonard Mackiewicz gave him cigarettes and alcohol and then violated him at the priest's mother's home in Sussex County.

Mackiewicz served at the time at St Francis de Sales Church in Salisbury, but worked at other times in Rehoborh, Georgetown, Smyrna and Dover.

The suit claims that because of the abuse, the victim lost his faith, suffered from feelings of isolation and has had an inability to form successful relationships.

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