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Plaintiff wants up to $14 million in priest abuse case


The plaintiff in a priest-abuse trial wrapping up at Chittenden Superior Court asked the jury today to consider as much as $14 million in damages.

Attorney John Evers said in a closing argument this morning that such damages were appropriate because the state’s Roman Catholic diocese’s cover-up of abusive behavior by a parish priest was worse than its decision to bring him to Burlington in the first place.

The trial, entering its sixth day, concerns allegations that Rev. Edward Paquette molested an altar boy in the 1970s at Christ the King Church. The plaintiff, now 40 and living in Waitsfield, was 9 years old when the alleged abuse began.

The Free Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual crimes without their consent.

Evers asked the jury to consider between $886,000 and $2.3 million in compensatory damages, and between $6 and $12 million in punitive damages.

The diocese was to make its closing argument later this morning, and after rebuttal and jury instructions, the case would be placed in the hands of the six-man, six-woman panel.

August 25, 2008 - Posted by | Bankrupt Churches, Catholic Church, Church Scandals, Sex Abuse

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