D.C. Archdiocese Pays $1.3M to Men after Alleged Sexual Abuse

Associated Press, carried in New York Sun
December 18, 2006

Washington — The Archdiocese of Washington has agreed to pay $1.3 million to 16 men who said they were sexually abused by eight priests between 1962 and 1982.

Although the men began pursuing claims three years ago, no lawsuits were filed in part because the statutes of limitation had expired in the jurisdictions where the acts allegedly occurred, an attorney for the group, Peter Gillon, said.

"Our clients were in severe distress, emotionally, psychologically, financially, and spiritually, and felt that a settlement was appropriate at this time," Mr. Gillon said as the agreement was announced Friday.

The allegations raised by the men stemmed from events that occurred between 24 and 44 years ago, and two of the men receiving settlement money already had lost legal claims against the archdiocese. All eight priests involved in the allegations have been removed from ministry; seven were prosecuted, and one was acquitted.

The settlement, first reported in Saturday's editions of the Washington Post, provides cash payments of between $10,000 and $190,000 to each of the men.


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