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Million Dollar Settlement Reached in Priest Abuse Case

The Archdiocese reached a settlement with 17 victims.

The Los Angeles Archdiocese announced Wednesday that it had reached a $13 million settlement with 17 victims of sexual abuse.

This case involved the alleged acts of Father Nicolas Aguilar-Rivera, a visiting cleric from Mexico. Eleven of the victims, all boys ages 7-12 at the time of the incident, will receive about $1 million.

The other six victims, who claim they were molested by other priests, will receive shares of the remaining $2 million.

Twelve years after lawsuits surfaced accusing members of the Catholic clergy in Los Angeles of sexual abuse, this settlement marks more than $740 million that the L.A. Archdiocese has spent on litigation costs.

Read why Archbishop Roger Mahony's chose not to disclose the list of altar boys who claimed to be abused here.

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