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Diocese Settles With Victims of Sexual Abuse

October 13, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington has agreed to pay nearly $5.2 million to 27 people who said priests sexually abused them in their youth.

The men and women had accused at least six priests of abuse in the 1960s and 1970s at parishes in Lexington and northern Kentucky.

The payouts will be $4,415,000 to 24 people and $750,000 to three others. The amounts are based on the severity of the abuse and its impact on the victims.

"I am very pleased that we are able to take this important step, and I pray that it will be the beginning of healing and reconciliation with those who have been deeply hurt as children by priests," Bishop Roger J. Foys said in a statement.

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