November 11, 2005

Man, archdiocese settle priest abuse suit

Naples Daily News

November 11, 2005

A man accusing a former Naples priest of sexually abusing him as a 10-year-old altar boy recently settled a lawsuit with Catholic Church officials, his lawyer said.

William Romero, now 68, and South Florida's Catholic hierarchy have faced a handful of lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct in his three decades as a priest in South Florida.

He worked at St. Ann school and church in Naples in 1975-1976.

"Being involved in litigation always has an element of anxiety," said Ron Weil, a Miami attorney who represented the man who is now in his 40s and living in New York state.

"My client made a decision to settle based upon considerations of his family, his personal life as well as to a determination as to what was being offered as a fair settlement."

Posted by kshaw at November 11, 2005 07:11 AM