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Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno

Reno, NV: (Aug-19-07) Seven people filed suit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno, claiming that they had been sexually abused by the diocese's priests. David Brusky and Eugene Braun each were accused of molesting young girls, Brusky while at Our Lady of the Snows parish and Braun while at St. Therese Church of the Little Flower, both in Reno. The late Harold Vieages was accused of molesting young boys at St. Theresa's Elementary School in Carson City.

In a settlement reached, the Reno diocese agreed to pay $328,068 to settle the sexual abuse claims. The diocese stated that the settlements reached over the last two years involve allegations of abuse that occurred in the 1960s and 70s by priests who have either left the area or died. The abuse claims have involved three former priests to date, according to sources. None was criminally charged because the accusations involved molestation that occurred decades ago. The diocese paid $35,150 to an undisclosed number of victims in 2005 and $50,000 to a lone victim in 2004. Diocese spokespersons said that the diocese has been working to offer relief to victims and to implement safeguards, including background checks. [LAS VEGAS SUN: PRIEST ABUSE]

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Published on Aug-21-07


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