Memphis Diocese Announces Settlement in Sex Abuse Cases

By Lisa Lovell
Eyewitness News [Memphis TN]
June 15, 2007

Eyewitness News Everywhere received the following news release on Thursday, June 14, 2007:

"The Diocese of Memphis announced today that three cases of alleged sexual abuse against Father Joseph Nguyen had been settled.

A Consent Order and Settlement Agreement has been entered into among the Catholic Diocese of Memphis and three alleged victims of abuse. The agreement brings closure to the litigation of three separate complaints filed as Jane Does against the Diocese.

The agreement notes that the settlement is neither an admission of liability or an admission of the validity of any claims made against the Diocese, but is, instead, a compromise of disputed claims.

While this brings closure to the civil suits, the Diocese continues its investigation into the actions of Nguyen to determine whether or not he is suitable for ministry in the Church. Nguyen remains on administrative leave from all ministerial duties.

Father John Geaney, CSP, spokesperson for the Diocese said, 'The Diocese is confident that the agreements reached are in the best interests of all concerned. As a Church we continue to be as vigilant as humanly possible in creating safe environments for the children who come to us for ministry.

We constantly seek out any alleged victims who believe they have been abused in order to promote their healing and work continually to bring full protection to all youth and children.'

Currently all priests, deacons and lay personnel of the Diocese of Memphis have cleared background checks, and thousands of employees and volunteers have participated in safe child training."

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