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Woman Files Suit Against Episcopal Diocese Of Spokane For Alleged Sex Abuse

SPOKANE, Wash. - A woman who grew up in Walla Walla today filed a lawsuit against the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane in Spokane County Superior Court for child-sex abuse she suffered by a priest who abused her at church and boarding school during her youth.

The woman, 57, identified in the suit as A.D. to protect her identity, alleges that Father William Elrod repeatedly sexually abused her during her 8th and 9th grade years at the St. Paul's School for Girls in Walla Walla. St. Paul's was a boarding school run by the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane and was associated with St. Paul's Church, where the woman attended services conducted by Father Elrod.

"She will never be the same because of the emotional damage she suffered," said Seattle attorney James S. Rogers. "When a church places a pedophile in a position of trust and authority over children, it must be held accountable for these preventable and horrific acts."

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