NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit filed on Wednesday afternoon by an anonymous victim alleges a Rev. John Asare-Dankwah of the St. Peter Catholic Church in Treme raped and assaulted him during a 2008 church retreat in Montgomery, Ala.
The suit filed by “A.A. Doe” claims Asare-Dankwah exposed his genitals to the victim, who was 10 years old and a member of Asare-Dankway’s congregation at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church at the time.
According to the lawsuit, the victim claims the priest told him at the time, “This will be over soon” before being sexually assaulted.
Defendants named in the lawsuit, include Asare-Dankwah, the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans has since issued the following statement to New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU regarding the lawsuit and immediate removal of Asare-Dankwa:
“Today the Archdiocese of New Orleans was informed of a lawsuit alleging abuse of a minor against Fr. John Asare-Dankwah. The archdiocese had no notice of this allegation or this lawsuit prior to today and has not been served with this lawsuit. The archdiocese does not know the identity of the individual bringing this lawsuit and allegations against Fr. Asare.
“Effective immediately, Archbishop Aymond has removed Fr. Asare from priestly ministry pending the outcome of the investigation. Fr. Asare has most recently served as pastor of St. Peter Claver Parish in New Orleans. Fr. Asare was informed of the allegations late this evening. He is currently out of the country on vacation visiting family in Ghana and has not been informed of the allegations.
“The Archdiocese of New Orleans will ensure law enforcement is informed of this lawsuit and the allegations made.”