January 18, 2005

Settlement Reached In Connecticut Priest Abuse Case

NBC 30

POSTED: 1:18 pm EST January 18, 2005
UPDATED: 1:31 pm EST January 18, 2005

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A former altar boy who claimed he was molested by a priest reached a financial settlement of his civil lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, his attorneys said Tuesday.

The plaintiff, known in court documents as John Doe, said he was molested at age 14 by the Rev. John Castaldo in the early 1990s when Castaldo was a priest at St. Teresa Church in Trumbull.

His name and the terms of the settlement were not released at his request, said his attorneys, Ernest Teitell and Paul Slager.

The settlement means New York Cardinal Edward Egan will not have to testify next week, the attorneys said.

Egan, who was the Bridgeport bishop when the alleged assaults occurred, had received a subpoena which required him to provide sworn videotaped testimony about his knowledge of the case.

"We hope that this settlement will allow our client to find some closure," said Teitell. "While no amount of money can make him whole for what happened, the financial settlement here is substantial and demonstrates that the diocese is accepting responsibility. Our client hopes that the information gathered by the many depositions taken in this case will put the diocese on notice so that corrective measures can be taken to prevent this from happening again."

Joseph McAleer, spokesman for the Bridgeport diocese, declined to comment. The diocese earlier had reached multimillion dollar settlements of other abuse cases.

Posted by kshaw at January 18, 2005 12:55 PM