March 14, 2006

New monitor named to oversee sex abuse payments


BURLINGTON, Ky. -- A retired federal judge will oversee payments to victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Covington as part of an $85 million class-action settlement.

Thomas Lambros, the former chief judge of the northern district of Ohio, also will serve as one of two special masters reviewing claims and deciding how much each victim will receive.

Special Judge John Potter of Louisville appointed Lambros as monitor on Tuesday after attorneys in the case objected to his original choice to have lawyer Matt Garretson of Blue Ash, Ohio, oversee payments.

The settlement covers 361 victims who claim they were abused over a period of 50 years by priests in a diocese that once included 57 counties across a large swath of Kentucky.

Posted by kshaw at March 14, 2006 02:34 PM