Delaware Courts: AP Wants Priest-abuse Settlement Details

The News Journal
November 28, 2009

The Associated Press is asking a bankruptcy judge to unseal a settlement agreement between the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and a former student at Salesianum School who alleged he was molested by a priest at the school in 1962.

The news service filed a motion Tuesday asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi to allow the news organization to view the settlement because bankruptcy rules "permit any interested entity to intervene generally or with respect to any specified matter."

The motion was filed the same day a jury ruled operators of the school -- the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales -- were liable under the Delaware Child Victim's Act of 2007, but their actions were not the proximate cause of the harm to James Sheehan.

Because of that, Sheehan was awarded nothing.

The diocese was initially named in Sheehan's lawsuit, but he settled that part of the lawsuit in October, when the diocese filed for bankruptcy.

The AP asked their request be heard in early January.


Any original material on these pages is copyright © 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.