Br. Edward C. Courtney

Order: CFC
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

Accused of abuse of at least 55 boys. Order knew in 1960s about abuse yet allowed Courtney to teach in IL, MI, NV, NY and WA. Left order 1983. Worked in public schools in WA until accusations surfaced. Pled guilty 1988 to indecent liberties; two-year probation. Said to be over 50 victims. Five plaintiffs settled for $1.9M in 2/07. Suit filed 2006 for abuse of one in 1980 at St Alphonsus School in Seattle and at O’Dea; settled for $1.1M Fall 2007. Suits filed 3/09, 11/22/11 (7 claims) and 3/13 (15 claims). Order agreed to $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs for abuse by multiple order brothers 5/13. Allegations against Courtney by 52 of 400 claimants. Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. On 6/25/14, archdiocese announced $12.1M settlement of 30 claims against order, archdiocese, Briscoe School and Seattle’s Bishop O’Dea HS. Eleven were claims of abuse by Courtney. Known in 2/16 to have been living in HI. Included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16.


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