Parishioner brings $5M suit against Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on allegations deacon had 'personal' relationship with wife

By John Suayan | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – Already implicated in the ongoing Roman Catholic sexual abuse scandal, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was recently sued by a Harris County man who claims that one of its deacons had a personal relationship with his then-spouse.

Scott Mosby filed a lawsuit on Dec. 28, 2018 in the Harris County 269th District Court. In the 6-page complaint, Mosby says that he sought guidance from Deacon Edward Kleinguetl of St. Martha Parish in Porter in regards to “issues that were developing” in his marriage to Cynthia Mosby, but Kleinguetl declined to speak to the plaintiff despite the close, personal friendship and spiritual bond between the men.

The suit further explains that Scott Mosby sensed that Kleinguetl was withdrawing from their relationship, and at the same time, noticed an “unusual closeness” between the deacon and Cynthia Mosby. Cynthia Mosby herself continued to grow more distant from the complainant and refused to have family counseling, the original petition says.

According to the plaintiff, his suspicions were confirmed and Cynthia Mosby has since divorced him.

The archdiocese is faulted for not taking proper action in regards to Kleinguetl despite its knowledge of his purported behavior. The deacon is listed as a co-defendant in the litigation.

Late last November, the archdiocese had its downtown office raided by law enforcement agencies in response to sexual abuse allegations against the Rev. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.

Scott Mosby’s suit seeks at least $5 million in damages.

He is represented by Stuart N. Wilson of the law firm Wilson & Associates, P.C. in Houston.

Harris County 269th District Court Case No. 2018-91452

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