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Church Will Pay To Settle Abuse Claims

Aug 27, 2004 | AP

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis said Thursday that it will pay $2 million to settle 18 claims of sexual abuse against five priests and a nun.

The archdiocese said it hopes to settle 16 more cases.

About one-third of the $2 million will be paid by insurance, the rest from archdiocese reserve funds, said Bernard Huger, an attorney for the archdiocese.

Under the settlement, which involved allegations of misconduct during the 1970s and '80s, the archdiocese also agreed to educate children about what is appropriate touching, tell employees how to recognize child sexual abuse and post the state child abuse hot line number in all church workplaces.

The $2 million is separate from more than $1.6 million paid by the archdiocese in June to a family who said a priest sexually abused their son.

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