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Bakersfield Priest Sues Founder Of Catholic Group For Defamation

A Valley priest who has been the target of several sexual abuse allegations is suing the founder of a Catholic organization for defamation. According to the civil lawsuit, filed through Kern County Superior Court earlier this month, Stephen Brady, founder of Roman Catholic Faithful , made statements about Msgr. Craig Harrison that were “false, defamatory, libelous and slanderous.” Harrison was accused of sexual abuse in April by two people . The abuses allegedly occurred while Harrison worked at churches in Merced and Firebaugh. According to the lawsuit, on May 29, Brady held a press conference at a Holiday Inn & Suites in Bakersfield to revisit allegations of sexual abuse that were made in the early 2000s. Brady, whose organization focuses on ending corruption within churches and dioceses , handed out papers that said Harrison had sex with two high school students while he was a pastor in Firebaugh, the lawsuit says. The papers also said Harrison had sex with a minor in the back

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