Settlement reached in priest sex abuse trial; details will remain confidential

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A settlement is reached in a civil sexual abuse case against the St. Louis Archdiocese and former priest Joseph Ross.

The deal was announced just before the case was set to go to trial this morning downtown at the Carnahan Courthouse. Jury selection was slated to start for the case. Instead, a settlement was announced at a short hearing before Judge Jimmie Edwards at 8am.

Ross was the first priest defrocked by the St. Louis Archdiocese for sexually abusing children. That happened in 2002. This latest case involved a woman now in her 20`s. She says Ross abused her when she attended St. Cronan`s parish in south city. That alleged abuse started when she was just five years old.

This morning, the Archdiocese spoke out strongly against the alleged victim known only as Jane Doe 92. Spokesperson Katie Pesha said that the Archdiocese believes the allegations against Ross made by the alleged victim are false and that criminal charges were dropped because prosecutors couldn`t prove the case. Pesha also said that the alleged victim in this case has a medical condition which causes her to falsify claims. Both the Archdiocese and the plaintiff`s attorney read statements but took no questions from reporters.

While Pesha said the Archdiocese chose to settle the case so everyone could move on, the plaintiff`s attorney, Ken Chackes, said he stands by the alleged victim and her allegations that she was raped by Ross between 1999 and 2002. Chackes also says the alleged victim was raped by another person as well.

The Archdiocese says the government chose not to prosecute that case too because of a lack of evidence. However, spokesperson Pesha said the Archdiocese is not defending Ross;acknowledging that Ross did abuse boys in the 1970s and 80s.

We`re told that terms of the settlement are not being disclosed at the request of the plaintiff. David Clohessy with SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, says he suspects the settlement involved a seven figure payout to the victim.

10 comments

  • TheREALByeBye2TheReligiousRite

    Yeah, those Catholics just dipped deep down in their HUGE bowl of cash (that they get from hapless fools who handout their weekly offerings) and again paid somebody off to keep quiet. And this is getting old.

    Plus, this was a CIVIL trial. Where is the CRIMINAL trail? Where are the CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS of these deviate sickos?

    I’m still TIRED of reading about guys getting busted video taping young girls in a public swimming poor and having some pics of young girls on their phones (yep, the latest case, caught taking pics at a pool – okay, weird, maybe, but as criminal as these molesting priests????) and HE’S getting prosecuted for child porn and facing 15 years. Yet these sicko priests, because they have – and BRING IN – a LOT of money, actually MOLEST 6-year-olds and harm lives, yet nary one prosecution or conviction.

    And the NERVE of those sicko Catholic hypocrites saying bad things about the victim. ANYONE with the Catholic Church still sticking up for these arrogant, sick priests should be PROSECUTED and SENT TO JAIL for at LEAST as long as the guy with pics of young girls on his phone.

    So some of you still think the Catholic religion is legit? Some of you still shell out your welfare handout to these freeloaders? You should take some of the blame. You’re giving them the money they use to get out of trouble in our money-based judicial system – the higher the stack of money, the more chance you’ll win. Our justice system is more like a lottery game – the more you play, the more you win.

    Now to go to church this Sunday – and pray for yourselves. You religious kooks need it most.

  • TheREALByeBye2TheReligiousRite

    P.S. In fact, just NOW there is another story (the Webster Ballet teacher)…

    Man has consensual “relation” with a 16-year-old (gender unspecified). Gets 10 years in prison.

    Priest forcefully coerces a 6 (SIX) year-old to have a “relation” and molests the young girl. Gets NO prosecution, NO punishment, nothing whatsoever. Just pays the victim to shut up in a civil settlement – paid for by the Catholic faithful.

    Now – what is wrong with this picture?

    If you don’t know, you’re part of the problem!

    (Oh, sure, they can’t “prove” the crime – as if that ever matters when poor people are convicted! Something tells me they could prove it – IF prosecutors knew they would not be facing the Mighty Catholic Church and all its million$ who will have the best defense corrupt money can buy!)

    At least my conscience is clear! I’ve never given the Catholic Church one red cent. And if I HAD been laying offerings on them for the last 20 years, I’d be demanding my MONEY BACK! You Catholics should, too.

  • Jack

    More Cover by Arch Bishop Carlson..Maybe in Jiangs Case he will finally have to step up to the plate in court. I hope the families do not settle next time and it goest to trial. Pope Francis says today Bshops shall be held accountable..
    For all that is interested read the 2002 Bishops Charter titled “Protect Children and Young People” then read Safe Enviorment (SE) more covering. The Charter has Punitive language and word that bind clergy to the charter. Legal Words Like SHALL and WILL are used to include CANON NORM 1 FOR SIGNERS BUT DECENDERS.
    se DOES NOT HAVE THE COMMANDMENTS WORDS shall AND will.

  • nightgrave

    Where was God when shit like this gose on? I am glad I do not walk with the Christian God or go to church. He will try to get out of it. NEMA

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