November 11, 2005

Former altar boy settles lawsuit accusing Naples priest of abuse

Tallahassee Democrat

Associated Press

NAPLES, Fla. - A man who accused a former Roman Catholic priest of sexually abusing him as a 10-year-old altar boy has settled his lawsuit against the priest and the archbishop of Miami, his attorney said Thursday.

The man, who is identified as A.B. in court documents, accused William Romero of abuse in a Coral Gables church in 1975. The lawsuit named Romero and Archbishop John Favalora.

Romero denied knowing the man, according to depositions from 2004.

"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," said Ron Weil, a Miami attorney representing the man, who is now in his 40s and living in New York state.

Posted by kshaw at November 11, 2005 07:32 AM