March 26, 2005

Diocese could start payouts in sex-abuse claims by August

Tucson Citizen

Tucson Citizen

People who filed sexual abuse claims against the Tucson Catholic Diocese may see some money paid out as early as August, based on dates set in federal bankruptcy court yesterday.

The dates move the diocese's Chapter 11 case toward a late summer conclusion.

Bishop Gerald Kicanas said yesterday he does not expect many more individuals to come forward alleging they were abused by priests as the April 15 date for filing claims against the diocese nears. He spoke after yesterday's hearing.

About 40 claims by individuals alleging sexual abuse have been filed. They will be reviewed by a special master, usually an attorney, to be appointed by Bankruptcy Court Judge James M. Marlar.

Susan Boswell, lead bankruptcy attorney for the diocese, said in a court filing yesterday that parishes in the diocese will provide for "a significant and critical contribution" to the settlement plan.

Posted by kshaw at March 26, 2005 03:29 AM