Portland archdiocese settles 8 abuse cases for $4M

The settlement resolves lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by the Rev. Pius Brazauskas, who died in 1990.

Posted: Aug 2, 2019 12:34 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Roman Catholic archdiocese in Portland will pay a total of $4 million to eight individuals who alleged they were molested by a priest in the 1970s and 1980s on the Oregon coast.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that the settlement resolves lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by the Rev. Pius Brazauskas, who died in 1990.

Three men came forward in 2018 alleging that Brazauskas abused them when they were between ages 5 and 12.

Five more men came forward after the lawsuit was filed.

Brazauskas was assigned to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in North Bend at the time.

According to court papers, archdiocese attorney Anna Helton says the money will come out of a fund set up during the bankruptcy proceedings for use in future legal claims.

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