Philadelphia Archdiocese sued over alleged abuse of toddlers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers representing the parents of three toddlers have filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the St. Francis Learning Center, where they say a teacher sexually abused the children.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas alleges the archdiocese and preschool did not properly screen the lay teacher to make sure he did not pose a threat to children and did not notify parents of other children once the accusations were levied.
Former teacher Michael Barbee pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault of a child and is serving a four to eight-year sentence for abuse alleged to have occurred in 2016 and 2017.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese declined to comment on the lawsuit, but says it reported the accusations promptly to law enforcement.