Attorneys present closing arguments in Yakima Diocese sex abuse trial

By Samina Engel
April 21, 2014

[with video]

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.


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