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New lawsuits have been filed by victims who claim they were sexually abused as children by priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. 


The Connecticut Post reports that the alleged abuse took place from the late 80s through the early 2000s by three priests in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury and Ridgefield.  The allegations were made against Reverends Walter Coleman, Robert Morrissey and Larry Jensen.  Coleman and Morrissey have both since died. 


In 2002, Connecticut extended the limit on filing lawsuits from a 5-year statute of limitations to the time that alleged victims reach the age of 48.  One man claims he was sexually abused by Coleman at St. Joseph’s Parish in Brookfield in the 1980s, another plaintiff was allegedly sexually abused by Morrissey at St. Mary’s Parish in Ridgefield in the 1990s. 


One alleged victim met Jensen in the early 2000s at an Emmaus retreat. Jensen, the spiritual director of the diocese’s Danbury program, is accused of abusing the plaintiff at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, where the program was held.