Brothers Sue NJ Catholic Prep School Over Alleged Sex Abuse

William and Thomas Crane say they were abused by two priests between 1977 and 1980.

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    Two former students who say they were sexually abused at Delbarton School have filed a lawsuit against the prestigious New Jersey Catholic prep school.

    Brothers William and Thomas Crane say they were abused by two priests between 1977 and 1980.

    The brothers held a news conference in Morristown Tuesday. Their lawsuit names Delbarton as well as St. Mary's Abbey, which runs the school.

    A spokesman says the abbey hasn't seen the lawsuit and wouldn't comment on a pending legal matter.

    No individuals are named as defendants in the suit. But the complaint names Rev. Justin Capato and Rev. Luke Travers as priests responsible for the abuse.

    In January, Travers was removed from his position as head of an abbey in Richmond, Va., over allegations of sexual misconduct at Delbarton.

    One alleged victim claimed that Travers grabbed his crotch and butt and asked him inappropriate questions about his girlfriend in the 1980s, when he was about 14. Another claimed that he returned to Delbarton after graduating, where Travers offered him alcohol and kissed his neck and ears.

    When the second alleged victim said he protested the affection, he said Travers told him there was "nothing wrong with what he was doing because he loved me."

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