$48 Million Settlement Reached In Church Sex Suits

ABC News/January 5, 2007
By Daniel E. Martin

Spokane, Washington -- Another multi-million dollar settlement in a case involving sexual abuse by priests.

This time it's the Spokane Catholic Diocese in Washington state.

A federal mediator said the church will pay at least $48 million to victims.

The Spokane diocese has been in bankruptcy, so a judge has to approve the deal. The victims must also sign off.

About 150 people have filed claims alleging sex abuse by priests or other members of the clergy.

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