Diocese Is Not Liable for the Sexual Abuse of a Boy
By Natalie Eucce
June 12, 2014
YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- We begin tonight with a ruling in the high-profile sex abuse case against the Catholic Diocese of Yakima. A federal judge ruled the Diocese is not liable for the sexual abuse of a boy at a Zillah parish in 1999.
Judge Edward Shea said it was clear that former deacon Aaron Ramirez abused the plaintiff "John Doe" but that no church authorities knew Ramirez was at the Resurrection Parish when the abuse occurred.
Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson issued a statement saying the Diocese was sorry for what the plaintiff suffered, but is pleased the court agreed with the church's legal arguments.