January 25, 2005

Bishop Pressed On Sex Claim Pay-Out

News Letter

By Clare Weir

Tuesday 25th January 2005

A Catholic bishop is coming under pressure to answer further questions over his handling of a sex abuse allegation concerning a priest.

The Rev Andy McCluskey, from Dungiven, Co Londonderry told parishioners at weekend Masses in St Patrick's Church that he had "made a mistake" for which he was paying dearly.

A five figure compensation pay-out was made without admission of liability to an 18-year-old man who claimed that Fr McCluskey made a sexual advance to him at a parochial house in Londonderry in 1992.

A civil action over the allegation was started two years ago and settled with no admission of liability last October.

Fr McCluskey has now gone on leave and was not at the parochial house yesterday.

Posted by kshaw at January 25, 2005 08:16 AM