Sex Abuse Lawsuit against Jesuits Settled

By Associated Press

August 14, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A $15 million sex abuse lawsuit against a pair of Jesuit priests has been settled for an undisclosed amount.

Lawyers for a woman who claimed she was abused as a young girl say they were ready to go to trial after a judge refused to dismiss the case against the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus.

The woman claimed she was abused by priests James Poole and Frank Duffy between the ages of 6 and 9.

The Jesuits are a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, whose Portland archdiocese was the first in the nation to declare bankruptcy over sex abuse cases in 2004.

Most of those cases were settled last year for more than $50 million total.


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