March 25, 2005

Diocese settles two lawsuits involving ex-Lodi priest

Lodi News-Sentinel

By Ross Farrow
News-Sentinel Staff Writer
Last updated: Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 - 11:44:21 pm PST

The Stockton Catholic Diocese has agreed to pay out a combined $3.6 million to two people who claimed that former Lodi Priest Oliver O'Grady sexually abused them when they were children, according a prepared statement released by the diocese.

Each will receive $1.8 million, the Diocese said.

Details on the two cases, however, were not available.

Seth Schwartz, a Walnut Creek attorney representing the diocese, said Thursday that a protective order prevents him from revealing information on the case as basic as when the alleged offenses took place, the victims' gender and their ages at the time they were reportedly abused.

"If their lawyers choose to give information, so be it," Schwartz said.

Attorneys Jeff Silvia and Gregory Davenport, who represent the plaintiffs, were unavailable for comment.

Posted by kshaw at March 25, 2005 05:46 PM