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Vermont diocese settles abuse case just before trial

CWN - January 09, 2013

The Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, reached a settlement on 11 sex-abuse cases on January 9, just before the cases were due to go to trial.

Lawyers declined to reveal the financial terms of the agreement, which was the 2nd agreement reached by the diocese with sex-abuse victims. The previous settlement, in 2010, called for payment of $17.6 million to end 26 lawsuits.

Nine of the 11 cases in the January 9 settlement, and 19 of the cases settled in 2010, involved complaints against Edward Paquette, a priest who was removed from ministry in 1978 after dozens of abuse complaints, and later laicized.

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