Attorneys present closing arguments in Yakima Diocese sex abuse trial
By Samina Engel
April 21, 2014
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Attorneys for both sides made their final pitch in a sex abuse case against the Yakima Diocese. The case is being heard in federal court.
The anonymous plaintiff says he was raped by a Yakima deacon almost 15 years ago. He's suing the diocese for more than $3 million in damages.
His attorneys say the Yakima Diocese should have protected the teenager and argued there was a "campaign of silence and secrets" to cover up the abuse.
A lawyer for the diocese questioned the plaintiff's credibility, highlighting inconsistencies in his testimony.
A verdict is pending.