April 13, 2005

Diocese official settles abuse lawsuit

Quad-City Times

By Todd Ruger

The vicar general, who holds one of the top administrative positions in the Catholic Diocese of Davenport, has settled a 2003 lawsuit filed against him by a man alleging sexual abuse more than 30 years ago, attorneys for the two sides confirmed Tuesday.

A trial in the Lee County, Iowa, lawsuit filed against Monsignor Drake Shafer was scheduled to begin Monday, but the county court administrator’s office said Tuesday it has been notified that the case was settled last week.

The settlement has not been filed in district court, but the plaintiff’s attorney, Craig Levien, and Shafer’s attorney, Peter Fieweger, confirmed that it has been reached.

“Drake Shafer agreed to pay the cost of past mental health counseling (for the plaintiff),” Levien said. “I’m not going to release the amount.”

Posted by kshaw at April 13, 2005 07:24 AM