Man: Jury Award in Priest-abuse Case "Good Start"

Peoria Journal-Star

August 29, 2008

BELLEVILLE A former altar boy awarded $5 million by an Illinois jury that found a Roman Catholic diocese hid the sexual abuses of a priest he alleges molested him dozens of times decades ago says he still faces "a long road ahead" in overcoming the trauma.

A jury St. Clair County, Ill., just east of St. Louis, deliberated nearly five hours Wednesday before awarding James Wisniewski $2.4 million in compensatory damages and $2.6 million in punitive damages in his 2002 lawsuit against the Diocese of Belleville, Ill.


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