News in Brief from California's North Coast

Fresno Bee
November 29, 2006

Ross, Calif. (AP) - A priest accused in a civil lawsuit of sexual abuse allegations will be returning to his previous assignment at St. Anselm Church in Ross.

Parishioners at the church were told Sunday that the Rev. John Schwartz was returning after an independent investigation by the Archdiocese of San Francisco concluded that the accusations against him were not credible.

Schwartz was scheduled to come back to the church next month for the Christmas season, but will be assigned to another parish after the holidays, officials said.

Schwartz was on vacation when the news of the $4 million lawsuit became public, and took a voluntary leave after the archdiocese said it would conduct an investigation.

An anonymous plaintiff filed the suit, claiming Schwartz sexually abused him in 1986 and 1987 while he was a student at the Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Ore. Schwartz left the school in 1987.

The suit was settled for $95,000.

Archdiocese spokesman Maurice Healy noted that neither the Jesuit High School nor the Oregon Province admitted to wrongdoing in the case.


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