Men Settle Claims of Sexual Abuse

Seattle Times
May 30, 2009

Three Washington men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by a priest settled their cases this week for $800,000 with the Seattle Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

The plaintiffs said they were abused by the Rev. Edward Boyle in the late 1960s to early 1970s when they were teenagers attending Holy Trinity Church in Bremerton, according to their attorney Mary Fleck.

Boyle died in 1987.

One of the plaintiffs settled for $400,000; the other two for $200,000 each, said Seattle Archdiocese attorney Michael Patterson.

Boyle has been accused in earlier lawsuits. One case settled earlier this year for $60,000; another settled in 2007 for $270,000.


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