Victim awarded $6.4 million in Catholic school sex abuse caseon July 6, 2012 @ 5:04 am (Updated: 6:16 am - 7/6/12 )
The jury found Thursday an unnamed victim had been sexually abused weekly between 1961 and 1964 by Daniel Adamson, a former teacher and principal at Saint Benedict School in Seattle.
The victim's attorney says Adamson used a train set to lure young boys down into the school basement.
In court documents, the victim said, "I just gave up everything. I gave my clothes away, I dropped out of school. I joined the Marines to escape, ended up in Vietnam, where I served 13 months. Came back to St. Benedict's and the abuser was still there."
The jury found that the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate ignored the student's sex abuse complaints.
"It was extremely difficult for him to come forward but this is vindication for him. He came forward not just for himself, but because there are a lot of other people out there who were abused by this same teacher who haven't come forward," said the victim's attorney, Jason Amala.
Adamson died in the mid-1970s while he was still principal of the school.
The jury's overall $8 million verdict was reduced to $6.4 million because jurors found the archdiocese and another religious order that staffed the school to be 20 percent responsible. The plaintiff settled with the archdiocese for $500,000.
The verdict is believed to be largest ever against the Catholic Church in Washington state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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