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updated: 5/16/2013 7:55 AM

5 abuse lawsuits filed against Joliet diocese

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Five new lawsuits have been filed against the Diocese of Joliet alleging sexual abuse by priests and a teacher.

A Chicago law firm filed the lawsuits Tuesday in Will County on behalf of victims who were between the ages of 8 and 16 at the time of the abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. The Herald-News in Joliet reports that the victims were at churches, a school and a seminary in Bolingbrook, Joliet and Monee. The accused are no longer involved in ministry.

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The Diocese of Joliet says it hasn't been served with the lawsuits yet and would respond after reviewing them. The diocese also urged anyone abused as a child by a member of the clergy or diocese to notify authorities and the diocese.

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