Former deacon's defamation lawsuit against Diocese of Lubbock to

Former deacon's defamation lawsuit against Diocese of Lubbock to continue

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

An appeals court will allow a defamation suit against the Lubbock Catholic Diocese to continue. 

Jesus Guerrero, a former deacon, sued the Diocese after it published his name in a list of Clergy credibly accused of sexually assaulting children nearly a year ago. 

Guerrero's million dollar case against the church claims it ruined his reputation. The church asked the court to throw out the case because it was following Church Canon Law and Guerrero was accused of assaulting a woman who habitually lacks use of reason. 

Guerrero's attorney Nick Olguin says this is a big win in holding the church accountable. 

"This is a separation between church and state that is real, and it's not something courts take lightly, so for Mr. Guerrero to be able to sue under the facts and circumstances of this case and for the Court of Appeals to affirm the lower court's judgement -- Judge Hatch's judgement -- I think is a huge victory," Olguin said. 

The Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo found Guerrero's proven his defamation claims and should proceed but threw out his arguments of intentional emotional harm. 

It's been sent back to the Lubbock District Court to continue. 

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