|Oc Sex Abuse Case against 2 Priests Rejected
October 21, 2011
An Orange County jury Thursday rejected claims by two brothers who alleged they were molested by Franciscan priests nearly 20 years ago.
Under an agreement reached before trial, the Franciscan Friars of California have to pay $400,000 to the two brothers, according to The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/q2y87h).
Had the jury sided with the brothers on any of their claims, the Friars would have had to pay $1.4 million.
The lawsuit, filed in 2009, accused Gus Krumm and the Rev. Alexander Manville of sexual misconduct when the two were priests at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic church in Huntington Beach in 1993 and 1994.
Manville was Krumm's supervisor for six years.
From 1988 to 1998, Krumm worked as the associate pastor at both churches and has admitted instances of abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. He has since been defrocked.
Paul Gaspari, a lawyer for the Friars, said his previous admission made him vulnerable to the new allegations and the brothers concocted the stories of abuse for financial gain.
Mark Spencer, a lawyer for the brothers, lamented that there were no independent witnesses in the case who could testify to the abuse.
In a 2006 settlement, the Friars agreed to pay $28.5 million to plaintiffs in 25 separate sex-abuse lawsuits against Krumm and eight others.
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