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3 allege ETX priest sexually abused them 35 years ago

Three former Nacogdoches residents are suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont over allegations that they were sexually abused as teenagers 35 years ago by a priest who died in 1996.

The three men, listed in the complaint as John Doe 104, John Doe 105 and John Doe 106, say Father Ronald W. Bollich used to provide them alcohol while they were between the ages of 13 and 15 and touch them inappropriately and even have them give him oral sex.

The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County District Court, provides details into several instances of sexual assault and Bollich's relationship with the boys between 1976 and 1977.

The plaintiffs' attorney, Tahira Khan Merritt, who is out of Dallas, specializes in sexual abuse cases and is asking that anyone who has pertinent information about Bollich when he was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish to come forward and report the abuse.

Bollich worked in the clergy until his death in 1996, when he was 59.

The lawsuit alleges that officials in the diocese aided Bollich and helped cover up the assaults.

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