Archdiocese of Seattle settles five sex-abuse cases for $2.05 million

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SEATTLE – The Archdiocese of Seattle has agreed to pay $2.05 million to settle five cases involving allegations of sexual abuse by Edward Courtney, who was a member of the Christian Brothers religious order; one of the cases involved allegations of sexual abuse by Gerard Kealy, who was also a member of the Christian Brothers. The alleged abuse occurred between the late 1970s and the early 1980s.

“Sexual abuse of a minor is an intrinsic moral evil and a crime,” said Archbishop J. Peter Sartain in a statement released by the archdiocese December 11. “Not only must we do all possible to prevent these horrible actions from happening again, we must extend meaningful support and care to victims. I express my sincere shame and remorse for the incredible harm these crimes have caused the victims and their families.”

Read the full statement below.