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No amount of compensation is enough, said Allen, now a 27-year-old dental hygienist who lives in Northern California.
San Franciscan Friar Case
SANTA BARBARA, California (AP) -- The Franciscan Friars of California
will pay $1.7 million to a man who claims a priest molested him when he
was 9 years old, settling the last of more than a dozen lawsuits based on
sexual abuse allegations at a seminary.
All of them have been settled out of court and the friars publicly
The Catholic organization reached agreement with John L. Allen and his
lawyers last week. Both sides agreed to keep details of the settlement
confidential for one week.
"No amount of compensation is enough," said Allen, now a
27-year-old dental hygienist who lives in Northern California.
Allen alleged in a 1999 lawsuit that he was repeatedly molested by Robert
Van Handel, who ran the St. Anthony's Seminary boys choir, in 1982 and
Van Handel denied the allegations. In a separate criminal case, Van
Handel and another St. Anthony's priest were convicted of child
molestation in 1994 and Van Handel was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Although only Van Handel was accused of molesting Allen, church officials
determined in 1993 that 11 St. Anthony's friars -- one-fourth of the
priests assigned -- had sexually abused at least 34 boys between 1964 and
1987, the year the seminary closed.
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