Clergy Abuse Victim Found Dead
Autopsy Being Conducted to Determine Cause
August 12, 2004

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A 36-year-old man, who was in the midst of settling his clergy sexual abuse claim against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Mass., has been found dead in his North Adams apartment.

Authorities said an autopsy is being conducted to determine how Shawn Dobbert died.

He was among 45 people who recently agreed to a settlement totaling more than $7 million with the diocese.

His lawyer, John Sobierski, said Dobbert had been tortured by the abuse that he suffered and it had caused him significant difficulties throughout his life.