Seattle Archdiocese Agrees to Settle 12 Abuse Cases for $1.8 Million

Associated Press State & Local Wire
December 20, 2004

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle 12 claims of sexual abuse by priests.

The archdiocese reached the settlements in talks last week. Three other claims are still being negotiated.

Eleven of the settled cases involved the Rev. James McGreal, who was banned from ministry and lives in a supervised church facility in Missouri.

For 40 years until 1988, McGreal served in 10 Northwest parishes in Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Monroe, Olympia, Renton, Port Angeles and Federal Way. The archdiocese is aware of 40 abuse victims from the 1960s to the mid-1980s, though victims' attorneys have said the number could be in the hundreds.

Lawsuits against McGreal and the archdiocese have resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements.

The 12th claim involved the Rev. David Jaeger, who admitted in the mid-1990s that he inappropriately touched a 13-year-old boy at a youth camp in 1978.

Jaeger is on administrative leave. The Vatican is reviewing a decision on whether he should remain in ministry.


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