August 21, 2001 |
The Catholic Church disclosed Monday that it has paid $5.2 million and made significant changes in the way it handles allegations of sexual abuse to settle a lawsuit alleging that a prominent Orange County priest and onetime high school principal molested one of his students. The agreement between the Los Angeles and Orange dioceses and Ryan DiMaria of Laguna Hills appears to be the largest publicly disclosed payout of its kind to an individual in church history, experts said.
March 3, 1999 |
Devout churchgoer Deloris Perkins, a retired Los Angeles criminal investigator, says two thoughts jumped to mind when she heard that the Rev. Henry Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention, had been convicted of racketeering and grand theft last week. The first: "There is a God!"
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July 2, 1998 |
The Rev. Wiley Drake and his First Southern Baptist Church sued the city of Buena Park and the police chief this week, alleging an illegal search at a church shelter for the homeless. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, asks at least $100,000 in damages over an incident a year ago, Drake said Wednesday, a day after the suit was filed. Police Capt. Gary Hicken, a city spokesman, said he could not comment on the suit until attorneys had reviewed it.
April 2, 1998 |
Suspended Roman Catholic priest Rudolph Kos was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum of life in prison for sexually assaulting altar boys in hundreds of attacks that earlier produced a record monetary judgment against the Dallas diocese. Kos, 52, was convicted Saturday on three counts of aggravated sexual assault. In addition to the sentence of life imprisonment on each of those counts, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on one count of indecency with a child.
July 25, 1997 |
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas and a defrocked priest were ordered Thursday to pay $119 million to 10 men and the family of a suicide victim who were molested as altar boys, in what is believed to be the costliest sex abuse judgment ever levied against a church. The jury award ended an 11-week civil trial in which the church was accused of covering up the conduct of a pedophile priest, Father Rudolph "Rudy" Kos.
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October 3, 1996 |
The Bible says to love thy neighbor, but it doesn't say anything about not taking thy neighbor to court. One particular case involves a Garden Grove church and a cemetery, two establishments usually thought of as working hand-in-hand. But the neighbors have had a major falling-out over a row of trees--more specifically, falling branches from 100-year-old pines along the property line.