January 21, 2005

Priest pays out over abuse claim

BBC News

A priest in the Londonderry area has paid out a five figure sum to settle claims of sexual abuse out of court.

The allegations relate to an incident at a parochial house in 1992, involving an 18-year-old man.

A civil action over an alleged sexual advance by the priest was started two years ago and settled with no admission of liability last October.

It has emerged that the priest is to "continue in parish ministry and in wider diocesan activities".

Legal advisors

In a statement published in the Derry Journal, the Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty, confirmed that he was aware of the allegations against the priest.

He said the issue concerned two adults who were fully represented.

Posted by kshaw at January 21, 2005 03:52 AM