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Settlement Reached In San Jose Priest Case

Mar 25, 2005 | AP

A San Francisco jury has awarded $437,000 to man who claimed he was fondled by a San Jose priest during the 1970s.

The award is expected to influence hundreds of potential settlements statewide in similar cases.

The San Francisco County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than five hours yesterday before determining the amount of money the Archdiocese of San Francisco should pay Dennis Kavanaugh.

During the trial, jurors heard testimony that the 37 year-old Kavanaugh suffered emotional problems and had a troubled life because of the abuse.

Jurors determined that the church officials knew or should have known the late Reverend Joseph Pritchard was abusing young boys.

A spokesman for the archdiocese says he hopes the verdict brings closure to Kavanaugh. The church does not plan to appeal.

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