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Arlington Woman Claims Exorcism Turned To Sexual Abuse

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The practice of exorcism has a long history in many religions — expelling demons from people believed to be possessed. One woman in Arlington says she was possessed by something much more secular. She's suing the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, claiming that a priest molested her during a two-year exorcism.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Arlington County Circuit Court, seeks more than $5.3 million in damages, according to the Associated Press.

The complaint says that the woman went to the Rev. Thomas Euteneur in 2008 for spiritual help. Euteneur was president of HLI, an anti-abortion ministry, and claimed to perform exorcisms. According to the lawsuit, Euteneur's sessions with the woman frequently involved inappropriate touching and directing her to undress. The complaint says Euteneur explained passionate kisses as "blowing the Holy Spirit" into her.

The Arlington Diocese says Euteneur was never a priest of the diocese and reported the allegations to his superiors.

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