Jesuits Settle Suit over Priest Who Killed Himself

By Kim Vo
San Jose Mercury News
December 13, 2007

Father Jim Chevedden was already mentally fragile when another Jesuit allegedly molested him. But it was his superiors forcing Chevedden to live in the same building as his accused abuser that led him to leap off a sixth-story San Jose garage, his family said, committing suicide on his 56th birthday.

"That's the last place you want someone with psychological problems," his brother John Chevedden said, "living with the person he said sexually assaulted him."

Last week, the Jesuits settled a wrongful-death suit with the Chevedden family for $1.6 million. However, Jesuit officials said the settlement was an offer of "closure," not an admission of culpability.


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