Catholic Diocese of Dallas Settles Abuse Cases with 3 Men

By Sam Hodges
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2009

The Catholic Diocese of Dallas has settled cases with three men who were sexually abused as boys by Monsignor Richard E. Johnson in the 1970s and '80s.

The settlement amount of $800,000 will largely be covered by insurance, the diocese said in a statement Friday.

The victims were altar boys at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church, one of the Dallas parishes Johnson served, said their attorney, Tahira Khan Merritt.

Johnson, 80 and still living in Dallas, was removed from ministry in 2006 amid allegations of abuse. Bishop Kevin Farrell has initiated the process to remove Johnson from the priesthood with the Vatican, but the case is pending.



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