Memphis Catholic Diocese Settles Priest Sexual Abuse Civil Case

By Bill Dries
The Daily News
February 23, 2009

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis has reached a legal settlement with a teenager sexually abused by a Dominican priest nine years ago.

The settlement was announced Monday in Circuit Court at the start of the last hearing on motions before the John Doe lawsuit goes to trial.

The trial is still set to begin with jury selection on March 2. The Dominican religious order remains as the only defendant.

No terms of the settlement were announced and no court order had been drafted late Monday.

“We have reached a resolution with the Diocese,” announced attorney Gary K. Smith, representing the boy who was abused when he was 14 years old by Father Juan Carlos Duran.

The boy filed suit against the diocese and the religious order when he turned 18 years old in 2004. It was one of the first two civil suits filed against the church alleging child sexual abuse. The suit alleged the diocese and the religious order knew or should have known that Duran was a danger to children.

Diocesan general counsel Marty Regan confirmed the agreement for Circuit Court Judge Charles O. McPherson.

Read more about the case in Tuesday's edition of The Daily News.


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