Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Edward C. (Chris)   B Convicted CFC - Congregation of Christian Brothers Accused of abuse of at least 55 boys. Order knew in 1960s about abuse yet allowed Courtney to teach in IL, MI, NV, NY and WA. Left order 1983. Worked in public schools in WA until accusations surfaced. Pled guilty 1988 to indecent liberties; two-year probation. Said to be over 50 victims. Five plaintiffs settled for $1.9M in 2/07. Suit filed 2006 for abuse of one in 1980 at St Alphonsus School in Seattle and at O'Dea; settled for $1.1M Fall 2007. Suits filed 3/09, 11/22/11 (7 claims) and 3/13 (15 claims). Order agreed to $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs for abuse by multiple order brothers 5/13. Allegations against Courtney by 52 of 400 claimants. On 6/25/14, archdiocese announced $12.1M settlement of 30 claims against order, archdiocese, Briscoe School and Seattle's Bishop O'Dea HS. Eleven were claims of abuse by Courtney. Known in 2/16 to have been living in HI. Included on Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16. Seattle, WA Source:
Seattle Times 02.07.07; Seattle Post-Intelligencer 11.15.07; Seattle Times 11.15.07; Post-Intelligencer 03.20.09; Chicago Now 09.08.09; JB et al v Archbishop of Seattle 08-2-02341-9SEA, Pltts Obj to Def MSJ 10.12.09; Seattle Times 04.28.11; Summary and Documents 04.29.11; SNAP Statement 05.23.11; Seattle Times 11.24.11; Monterey Herald 02.27.12; Chicago Sun-Times 04.12.12; CBS Chicago 07.31.12; Southtown Star 07.31.12; MyNorthwest 03.11.13; Seattle Times 03.14.13; Chicago Tribune 05.24.13; Seattle Weekly News 05.08.14; SNAP Statement 05.08.14; SNAP Statement re Pending Settlement 05.08.14; Q13 Fox 06.25.14; Seattle Archdiocesan List 01.15.16; The Stranger 01.15.16; Los Angeles Times 02.12.16; SNAP 02.12.16; Worthy Adversary 02.14.16; Patch 02.15.16; Hawaii News Now 02.25.16; Christian Brothers Sex Abuse site 02.26.16; News Tribune 09.26.17; Northwest Public Radio 09.26.17; Los Angeles Times 10.13.17

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