Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Diocese to pay $1.4M in priest abuse suit


A Chicago-area Catholic diocese has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by three men who alleged they were sexually molested by their priest when they were boys.

The three unidentifi­ed men alleged they were repeatedly harmed by Father Leonard Mateo of the Joliet Diocese between 1980 and 1982, before age 11.

The three men raised their allegation­s in 2014.

Attorneys for the three men say Bishop Joseph Imesch, who died in 2015, reported in a deposition that priests with credible sexual abuse allegation­s had been allowed to continue ministry within the Diocese of Joliet without any warning to parishione­rs.

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