Jefferson City Diocese settles priest abuse case -

Jefferson City Diocese settles priest abuse case

COLUMBIA - Two members of an organization promoting disclosure of

sexual abuse by Catholic priests and a lawyer who represented a

victim of abuse spoke in Columbia Thursday to publicize the

settlement of a case from Boonville.

A Virginia man, formerly of Boonville, will receive $600,000 in a

settlement reached with the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., the Diocese

of Jefferson City and the Servants of the Paraclete, a congregation

that works with religious men with personal difficulties. The

Diocese of Jefferson City will pay $225,000 of the settlement plus

mediation costs to the victim.

"The church officials agreed to mediate, and it was a long and very

difficult process," said Bryan Bacon, the Columbia attorney who

represented the victim. He also said the settlement was among the

largest in the Jefferson City Diocese.

Carmine Sita, a priest at a New Jersey Catholic Church, was charged

with sexually molesting a teenage boy and distributing marijuana,

according to an Associated Press report from 1982.

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