Former local priest faces a second sex abuse lawsuit - KansasCity.com
A second lawsuit was filed this week against a former Kansas City priest, claiming that he sexually abused a boy in the 1980s.
The suit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, alleges that the Rev. Mark Honhart molested the boy when he was 11 to 12 years old while the priest was assigned to Holy Cross school and parish.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed by a Missouri man under the name John Doe M.F. The suit also names the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as a defendant, saying officials knew Honhart was engaging in sexual misconduct but concealed it.
“This cover-up allowed Honhart to access and sexually abuse numerous children, including the plaintiff,” the lawsuit says. “Plaintiff brings this lawsuit in order to hold the defendants responsible for the injuries they have caused and to protect other children from the pain of childhood sexual abuse.”