Catholic Diocese of Crookston settles clergy sex abuse lawsuit

By Paul Jurgens
July 17, 2019

Fr. Patrick Sullivan (named in settlement with 15 child sex abuse victims)

ST PAUL, MN (KFGO) The diocese of Crookston, Minnesota has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of child sex abuse survivors.  The agreement is for $5-million.

A Twin Cities law firm says the agreement will result in payments to 15 abuse victims and keep the diocese from filing for bankruptcy. The names of priests will also be disclosed.

Attorney Jeff Anderson says the victims are taking back power that was stolen from them as children. He says the settlement will help with their healing and advance child protection in the diocese. Anderson says the abuse took place between 1969 and 2009.

Four other lawsuits against the diocese were settled earlier.


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