Video Added: Priest Sex Abuse Victims Speak out (videos)

Wausau Daily Herald
March 22, 2013

Troy Merryfield: Diocese hasn't apologized for pri...: Troy Merryfield of Virginia says the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay has not apologized to him or his brother Todd for a priest sexually abusing them in the 1970s. He spoke outside St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in downtown Green Bay on March 22, 2013.

Two brothers sexually assaulted by a priest in Outagamie County in the 1970s spoke out today after receiving a $700,000 settlement with the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

Todd Merryfield and Troy Merryfield met reporters outside St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in downtown Green Bay

The diocese earlier this week agreed to pay the Merryfields a $700,000 settlement in a civil lawsuit that the brothers filed in 2008.

When they were children in the late 1970s, both brothers were assaulted by the Rev. John Feeney at St. Nicholas Church in the Outagamie town of Freedom. Feeney was convicted of sexual assault in 2004 and sent to prison for nearly eight years.

The Green Bay diocese includes 157 parishes across 16 counties, including Brown and Outagamie counties. and follow him on Twitter @pgscottwilliams.

Troy Merryfield, front, and his brother, Todd Merryfield, are shown in a file photo from last year. / Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo








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