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L.A. archdiocese settles sex abuse cases for $10 million

The archdiocese of Los Angeles, its former leader Cardinal Mahony, and an defrocked priest have agreed to pay $10 million to settle four child sex abuse cases.

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Cardinal Roger Mahony, seen here in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Feb. 27, was a party to a new settlement between the L.A. archdiocese and 4 alleged victims of sexual abuse by a priest. Cardinal Mahony sent the accused priest to a treatment facility out of state, which plaintiffs describe as part of a cover-up.

Gregorio Borgia / AP

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, its former leader Cardinal Roger Mahony and an ex-priest have agreed to pay a total of nearly $10 million to settle four child sex abuse cases brought against them, lawyers for the victims said on Tuesday.

Cardinal Mahony, who retired in 2011 as head of the largest U.S. archdiocese and is now in Rome taking part in choosing a new pope, was accused of helping a confessed pedophile priest evade law enforcement by sending him out of state to a church-run treatment center, then placing the priest back in the Los Angeles ministry.

The defrocked priest named in all four cases is Michael Baker, who ultimately was convicted and sent to prison on 12 criminal counts of felony oral copulation with a minor involving two boys who reached a previous settlement with the church.

 
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