Lawyer Says Man Will Receive 875 Thousand Dollars in Priest Abuse Case

Associated Press, carried in WQAD [Joliet IL]
July 8, 2007

Joliet, Ill. (AP) - An attorney for a Joliet Gulf War veteran says his client will receive 875 thousand dollars from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago to settle sexual abuse allegations against his former parish priest on Chicago's North Side.

Attorney Gene Hollander says 37-year-old Robert Holomshek, who now lives in Joliet, was an altar boy at the former St. Francis Xavier School in Chicago in the 1970s and was repeatedly molested by a priest there when he was between the ages of 7 and ten.

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese said it does not comment on settlements -- but did not deny Hollander's comments.

The archdiocese says the priest accused of molesting Holomshek resigned in 1995, and his name appears on the archdiocese's online list of local priests with substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct with minors.


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