Settlement Reached in O'Dea Abuse Suit

Seattle Times
February 7, 2007

Five men who said they were abused by a former O'Dea High School teacher have settled their lawsuit for about $1.9 million.

The men, who sued in King County Superior Court, said they were abused by Edward Courtney in the 1970s while they were O'Dea students, according to Mike Pfau, the victims' lawyer. Courtney was a brother with the Christian Brothers of Ireland, a Roman Catholic order.

Courtney left the order in 1978 and lives in the Seattle area, according to Steve Goldstein, an attorney for the Christian Brothers. Courtney could not immediately be reached.

Insurers are paying $1.5 million of the settlement, and the Christian Brothers and the Seattle Archdiocese are paying the rest, said Mike Patterson, the archdiocese's attorney.


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