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Former NC Priest Admitted Sexually Abusing Boy In Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Catholic priest who was relieved of his duties as pastor of a North Carolina church amid allegations of “inappropriate behavior” admitted in a deposition that he sexually abused a Delaware boy.

The admission by the former Rev. James O’Neill was outlined in a court ruling obtained by The Associated Press in a lawsuit between O’Neill’s religious order and its insurance company.

O’Neill was a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and the former principal of Salesianum School in Wilmington, where he was accused of molesting Eric Eden over several years beginning in 1976.

Eden has settled lawsuits with Salesianum, the Oblates and the Diocese of Wilmington.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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