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Woman sues church

The Sun Chronicle Newspaper • Sunday September 19, 2004

ATTLEBORO — An Attleboro woman and two relatives are suing the Jehovah’s Witnesses, alleging church officials in Attleboro ignored their claims of sexual abuse 30 years ago and the lack of “ appropriate” action allowed that abuse to continue.

The lawsuit, filed in Taunton Superior Court, seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages against the woman’s former stepfather and alleged abuser, Ralph Heroux, 74, and the Seekonk and Attleboro congre gations of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Heroux, who was a ministerial servant in the church, pleaded guilty last year of sexually abusing his former stepdaughter, a woman now 36, and her 37-year-old male cousin from New Bedford.

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