Media Advisory: Two Women Will Speak Publicly About Sexual Abuse at St. Mary’s Church in Willmarby Father David A. Roney

First lawsuit filed naming Father Roney under new MN Child Victims Act

WHAT: At a news conference on Monday in St. Paul, MN prominent clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson will:

  • Announce the filing of two sexual abuse lawsuits on behalf of three women naming the Diocese of New Ulm as defendants. The lawsuit claims the Diocese of New Ulm was negligent in allowing Father David A. Roney unlimited access to children despite receiving reports about Roney’s inappropriate behavior with girls.
  • Introduce two of the women who were sexually abused by Father Roney while they were young girls attending St. Mary’s Church in Willmar, Minnesota. The women are the first sexual abuse survivors abused by Roney, to speak publicly.
  • Discuss Father Roney’s history in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and in the Diocese of New Ulm and how church officials failed to report Roney to law enforcement.

WHEN: Monday, September 16 2013 at 1:00 PM

Office of Jeff Anderson & Associates
366 Jackson Street, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55101

WHO: Attorney Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based, internationally known trial lawyer widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation. Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy. Attorney Michael Bryant has over 20 years of experience as a personal injury attorney and has teamed up with Jeff Anderson to help sexual abuse survivors in Minnesota.

Notes: Copies of the complaints and a timeline and map of Roney’s assignments will be available on Monday on our website at under “Case Resources.” A video of the news conference will be posted Monday afternoon on our YouTube channel.