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Forum staff reports, Published November 20 2009

Suit alleges sex abuse by former Fargo Shanley teacher

A second North Dakota lawsuit was filed Thursday in Cass County District Court accusing a former Fargo Shanley High School teacher of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit filed by an anonymous victim, identified in the court record as John Doe 135, alleges that in about 1976, on a trip to a high school football game in Jamestown, N.D., the victim was sexually assaulted by Brother Raimond Rose while he was sleeping in a hotel.

The victim said the abuse came when he was either 16 or 17 years old, when Rose taught at Shanley.

It’s the eighth civil suit accusing Rose of sexual abuse, though he faces no criminal charges.

On grounds of negligence and fraud, the lawsuit also seeks damages against the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, Bishop Samuel Aquila, Shanley High School and the order to which Rose belonged, The Christian Brothers of the Midwest.

The lawsuit alleges that Rose’s employers and his Christian Brothers order should never have put him in contact with children because he was accused of sexually assaulting a minor as far back as 1966.

Christian Brothers has said Rose has been inactive in the ministry since 2002, though he lives near an all-boys Catholic school in Chicago.