Sep 13, 2007

Santa Rosa Diocese in $5 million settlement

Today's (Sept. 13) San Francisco Chronicle carries a report (click on this post's title) that the Diocese of Santa Rosa reached an agreement on Aug. 27 to pay 10 plaintiffs a total of more than $5 million.

The pact will settle a sex abuse lawsuit involving allegations against the Rev. Francisco Ochoa-Perez that span 1985-2006. He is thought to have fled to Mexico in May 2006 to avoid arrest.

Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh has decided to pay $20,000 of the more than $5 million himself.

The article says:

"Last year, Walsh agreed to undergo a four-month counseling program rather than face misdemeanor charges for failing to notify Sonoma County law enforcement officials immediately about Ochoa-Perez's alleged molestations."

The report says that in the past decade, the Diocese of Santa Rosa has paid nearly $20 million to settle sex abuse lawsuits.


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