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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