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Hartford Archdiocese pays $22 million to settle sexual abuse claims

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut [diocesan website] has agreed to pay $22 million to settle sexual abuse claims [JURIST news archive] against the diocese, a plaintiff's lawyer announced Monday. The settlement included 43 plaintiffs, who had accused 14 priests of sexual assault since the 1960's. Plaintiff's attorney Jason Tremont said, "By giving victims a voice, we can change the behavior of the church and finally force the archdiocese to acknowledge responsibility for the past." AP has more.

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