Another suit against Catholic church going to trial

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington returns to court this week for another trial focusing on its handling of a priest who allegedly molested altar boys.

Jury selection starts today in the civil suit brought by a former altar boy who says former Reverand Edward Paquette molested him when he was a student at Christ the King school in Burlington.

The case is being heard in Chittenden County Superior Court in Burlington, where a jury on May 13 returned a nearly $9 million verdict in the case of another former Christ the King altar boy who said Paquette molested him dozens of times.

The suit going to trial this week, which was filed in 2005, claims Paquette "committed unpermitted, harmful and offensive sexual contact" on the man and that the Diocese should be held liable.

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