Priest Exonerated in Lawsuit Settlement

WENATCHEE (WA) / 560 News Radio

December 13, 2020

By Dave Bernstein

Father Seamus Kerr, a senior priest at Holy Apostles Parish in East Wenatchee and three other Catholic priests have been exonerated in the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Yakima in 2019. The suit was filed by an Ellensburg man who claimed sexual abuse by priests at St. Andrew Catholic Church in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he was between 10 and 18 years of age.

Rev. Msgr. Robert M. Siler announced the settlement in a news release on Friday after the agreement was reached. Siler provided statements in a letter to Fr. Kerr from the attorneys representing the man identified in court papers as John Doe “On behalf of our client … we acknowledge that the allegations of sexual abuse and improper conduct made against you, including statements in court pleadings and the press, have proven to be false. We hereby withdraw the allegations and express our regret for any harm they may have caused to you and your reputation.”

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