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Norwich, CT: (Oct-29-07) James Fish, a Pawcatuck man, brought charges against the Diocese of Norwich, alleging that he was molested by Rev. Paul Hebert, a priest at the church more than 30 years ago. The suit claimed that Hebert sexually assaulted Fish on several occasions in the church rectory in 1973 and 1974, when he was in the seventh grade. At the time of the lawsuit, Fish was 47 years old.

As part of a settlement reached, Bishop Michael Cote announced that the Diocese of Norwich has agreed to a $170,000 settlement with Fish, resolving the lawsuit that had named the diocese, church, and the Rev. Paul Hebert as defendants. The diocese and its insurance company have now paid $4.6 million to settle lawsuits filed by people who say they were sexually abused by priests who worked in the diocese. Many of those settlements occurred over the past year. Sources state that two more lawsuits are still pending. Bishop Cote stated that the diocese's insurance company would pay all of the $170,000 paid out to Fish. [THE DAY: REVEREND ABUSE]

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Published on Oct-30-07


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