Several women are suing a Catholic priest in Austin who they say subjected them to sexual harassment and abuse in recent years, including allegations of groping and inappropriate behavior while taking confessions.
The lawsuit was filed by six women on Wednesday and lists Bishop Joe Vasquez, the Catholic Diocese of Austin and Father Isidore Ndagizimana as defendants. It says Ndagizimana has been accused of uninvited kissing, holding women against their will and making sexual comments and advances.
One woman says the priest grabbed her and pulled her "tightly to his chest" after taking her to a "private confession."
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The lawsuit says the church mishandled the accusations, telling at least one woman to keep the allegations to herself. An Austin diocese spokesman says they are reviewing the lawsuit.