Illinois man to get $6.33 million in priest-abuse case -

Illinois man to get $6.33 million in priest-abuse case



BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A man sexually abused by a priest in the 1970s may now be getting more than $6.3 million as part of a lawsuit he won against a southern Illinois diocese that had resisted the payout.

A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning in St. Clair County. That's where an attorney for James Wisniewski is expected to get checks related to a $5 million jury award the Champaign man won in 2008 against the Diocese of Belleville.

The additional $1.33 million includes interest since that verdict.

Wisniewski sued in 2002, alleging that a former priest sexually abused him dozens of times for five years at St. Theresa's Parish in Salem.

The lawsuit also claimed the diocese hid the one-time priest's suspected behavior and quietly shuffled him among parishes.

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