St. Paul, Minn.

United Press International
April 14, 1988

A St. Paul man who claimed he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest

when he was young has settled his lawsuit against the priest, and against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.

Documents filed Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court show that Gregory Riedle, 24, has accepted what was said to be a "substantial sum." The amount was not disclosed.

The case was due to go to trial in St. Paul this fall.

Riedle had sued the Rev. Thomas Adamson who had served churches in both dioceses.

Andrew J. Eisenzimmer, attorney for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said, "the agreement is that everyone can acknowledge that it has been settled but an amount won't be discussed."

Attorneys for both sides said they were pleased with the settlement.

The lawsuit accused the priest of abusing as many as 18 boys during a 20-year period in eight parishes in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.

Adamson had admitted in depositions to abusing Riedle from 1977 to 1979 when Riedle was an altar boy at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in St. Paul.

Riedle revealed the abuse in 1984 when he was serving a 21-month sentence at the St. Cloud reformatory for burglary and molesting a girl.


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