Belleville diocese pays $1.2 million in abuse case - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Belleville diocese pays $1.2 million in abuse case

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- The Diocese of Belleville has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a 6-year-old lawsuit by a former altar boy who claimed he was molested by his parish priest.

The settlement announced Thursday by the diocese and confirmed by the plaintiff's attorney followed negotiations worked out last week.

Court papers only list the plaintiff as "John Doe." His lawsuit stems from alleged abuse he sustained from the Rev. Raymond Kownacki of Dupo at St. Theresa's Parish in Salem

Kownacki has refused to comment publicly. Last year, a St. Clair County jury awarded $5 million to another former altar boy who alleged that he was sexually abused by Kownacki at the Salem church. The diocese is appealing that verdict.

Powered by Frankly