TEMPLE CITY >> A young man has filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Church alleging he was a victim of sexual abuse for more than seven years at the hands of a St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church volunteer, who now works in the Baldwin Park Unified School District.
Robert Reynolds, 23, alleges Timothy Kovacs began molesting him in 2003, when he was 13 years old, and continued abusing him three to eight times a month until he was 20.
“The abuse was horrendous. It included multiple acts of sodomy,” Reynolds’ attorney Michael Kinslow said. “And the perpetrator attempted to convince the child it was a love relationship.”
Kovacs did not respond to phone calls requesting comment.
Kovacs was a volunteer confirmation coordinator at St. Luke’s from 2002 until 2005. He was removed from the post after a complaint was made to the parish alleging “inappropriate conduct with two young adults over the age of 18,” according to a statement from the Archdiocese, which said it was not informed of the 2005 complaint.
Reynolds’ lawsuit — filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, former Archbishop Roger Mahoney, St. Luke’s and Kovacs — alleges Kovacs had a history of sexual misconduct. It accuses the Archdiocese of failing to disclose allegations of sexual misconduct made against Kovacs years earlier when he was a student at St. John Seminary — an allegation the Archdiocese refuted in its…