Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Settles Priest Sexual Abuse Lawsuit for Undisclosed Amount

Associated Press, carried in KDBC
June 23, 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth says it has settled an accuser's lawsuit alleging abuse by a priest who died in 1999.

The diocese says in a statement that the plaintiff in the lawsuit, whose name was not released, claimed to be abused by Monsignor James Reilly. The diocese declined to disclose the settlement amount but said the plaintiff received an amount "in the five figure range."

The Rev. Kevin Vann, bishop of the Fort Worth diocese, said in the statement that the diocese has actively sought victims of abuse in the Arlington Parish where Reilly was assigned. Reilly was assigned to St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Arlington from 1969 through 1987. He retired in 1987 and moved to Philadelphia. He died in 1999.

The news release said the settlement was reached in a mediation agreement.


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