Alleged Sexual Abuse Victim Gets $40K from Catholic Diocese

Sep 3, 2015

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  A Missouri advocate who says he was sexually abused by a priest as a teenager says the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City gave him $40,000.

David Clohessy said Thursday that the diocese wrote him a check after he asked for $200,000 for therapy and medical expenses. Clohessy says he agreed not to take legal action against the diocese.

Clohessy sued the diocese in 1991 and alleged that he was abused by a priest. The case was dismissed in 1993 because the statute of limitations had run out.

A diocese spokesman didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Clohessy founded an advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.