By AUDREY McAVOY
HONOLULU (AP) - A 49-year-old Colorado man is suing the Catholic diocese serving western North Dakota, alleging one of its priests sexually abused him when he was a child in Hawaii decades ago.
A lawsuit filed in state court in Honolulu alleges Rev. Maurice McNeely sexually abused the plaintiff at an Army base around 1974 to 1975.
The plaintiff was an 11-to-12 year-old altar boy at a Fort Shafter chapel where the priest ministered to soldiers and their families.
The lawsuit accuses the Diocese of Bismarck of negligence. The diocese didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
McNeely's attorney says his client denies the allegations. McNeely now lives in Michigan.
A new Hawaii law provides a two-year window for sexual abuse claims involving minors even if the statute of limitations has expired.