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Archdiocese of Seattle announces $12.1M sex abuse settlement

The Archdiocese of Seattle announced Tuesday that it settled 30 claims of sexual abuse by members of the Christian Brothers at two institutions managed by the order in western Washington for $12.1 million.

The most recent cases are nearly 30 years old, with some dating back almost 60 years.

The Archdiocese says the Christian Brothers operated The Briscoe School, a boarding and day school for boys in the Kent Valley, since 1914. The order also staffed and managed Bishop O’Dea High School from its opening in 1923.

“I deeply regret the pain suffered by these victims,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said in a news release. “Our hope is that this settlement will bring them closure and allow them to continue the process of healing.”

Anyone who has knowledge of sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Seattle is urged to call the archdiocesan hotline at 1-800-446-7762.

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