Santa Rosa Diocese in $5 million settlement
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.