Diocese Settles 2 Abuse Suits for $3.8m
February 10, 2014
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—A Southern California diocese
has paid $3.8 million to settle two child-abuse lawsuits brought
against a former Catholic priest.
The Diocese of San Bernardino announced Sunday that
payments settling the two civil cases involving Alejandro
Castillo came from a combination of insurance and diocese funds.
The Sun newspaper reports ( http://bit.ly/1fT80ca)
parishioners were told during mass at each of the several San
Bernardino County churches where Castillo served since the
1980s. He most recently served at Our Lady of Guadalupe in
Castillo, now age 60 and recently defrocked, served
eight months in jail after pleading guilty to lewd and
lascivious acts involving a 12-year-old boy.
The newspaper says a third lawsuit is still being
Castillo could not be reached for comment.