Indianapolis Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Suit Involving Former Priest with Other Allegations

The Republic
September 3, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has reached a cash settlement in a man's lawsuit alleging that a former Catholic priest sexually abused him as a child.

The archdiocese agreed to compensate for medical treatment associated with the abuse he said he suffered at the hands of Harry Monroe and cover the lawsuit's legal fees. The archdiocese didn't disclose the payment amount, but attorney Jay Mercer told The Indianapolis Star it was less than the $199,000 paid in May to settle another lawsuit associated with Monroe.

The man's lawyer, Pat Noaker, said since the man's case involved memories repressed until 2003 it would've been a complex case for a jury. The man said the abuse happened at St. Andrew Parish of Indianapolis in the mid-1970s.

Monroe was removed from ministry in 1984.


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