Priest-Molest Plaintiff Gets New Trial

By Chris Collins
Fresno Bee
June 15, 2009

A Fresno County Superior Court judge has ruled that one of the two brothers who lost a key aspect of a priest molestation lawsuit can have a new trial.

A jury found in April that Monsignor Anthony Herdegen had molested two former altar boys between 1959 and 1973 at St. John's Catholic Church in Wasco. But it also found that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno is not liable for Herdegen's actions because church officials didn't know about the molestations at the time.

Brothers George and Howard Santillan had sought $20 million from the diocese. Judge Donald Black's decision, made public today, says George Santillan's motion for a new trial is denied, but he granted Howard Santillan's motion for a new trial.


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