January 19, 2005

Settlement Reached In Priest Case

The Day

Published on 1/19/2005

Stamford A former altar boy who claimed he was molested by a priest reached a financial settlement of his lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, his attorneys and church officials 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 that required him to provide sworn videotaped testimony about his knowledge of the case.

Posted by kshaw at January 19, 2005 07:47 AM