April 20, 2005

Lawyers to gauge number of claimants

Tucson Citizen

Tucson Citizen

How many altar boys have served in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson the past 40 years?

To estimate how many young people may have been sexually abused by priests here, lawyers for the diocese yesterday were told to determine how many young people may have come into contact with diocese priests.

"We want to know how many altar boys there were, how many youths who met at parishes through Boy Scouts and other youth groups," said A. Bates Butler III, whose job in the diocese's bankruptcy case is to estimate the number of sex abuse claims that could be filed.

"We are concerned there are more people out there that have not come forward," he said.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Marlar said he wants lawyers to come up with an estimated number of claimants - a key to a settlement - in two to three weeks.

Posted by kshaw at April 20, 2005 08:26 AM