$1M Awarded to Alleged Sex Abuse Victims

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011  |  Updated 12:48 PM EDT
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$1M Awarded to Alleged Sex Abuse Victims

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Lawyers for five men who say they were abused during childhood by a New Jersey priest say they have reached a seven-figure settlement with the Catholic Church.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian says the Diocese of Trenton will pay just over $1 million to five former altar boys at the Incarnation Church in Ewing.

The men claimed the Rev. Ronald Becker molested them in the 1970s and 1980s while they were 11 to 16 years old. Becker died in 2009.

Lawyers claim one boy was molested about 150 times.

Garabedian calls the settlement a major step in the right direction for the child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the church over the past three decades.

The diocese did not have an immediate response, but said it was preparing a statement.
 

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