February 16, 2006

Diocese settles five sex abuse cases

Des Moines Register


February 16, 2006

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport has agreed to pay $870,000 to five men who claimed they were sexually abused as children by priests.

Attorneys for the men said the deal was reached Wednesday in cases involving four former priests, two of whom are deceased.

"We strongly suspect there are more victims of these predators and we hope that they will also come forward and get the help they need and deserve," said Patrick Noaker, a St. Paul, Minn., attorney who has represented dozens of people who claimed they were abused by priests affiliated with the Davenport diocese.

The cases were settled through mediation with church lawyers and officials.

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