Diocese in Portland, Maine, settles sex abuse suit for $1.2M

PORTLAND, Maine – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, has settled a lawsuit by six men who said church leaders concealed sex abuse allegations against a former priest.

The victims settled for $1.2 million. Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian says on Monday that the men were childhood victims of the Rev. James Vallely decades ago.

The lawsuits were filed in November by men from Maine, New Hampshire and New York.

The Boston Globe ( reports the men accused the diocese of covering up abuse by Vallely. They alleged Vallely sexually abused them as children from 1958 to 1977.

Garabedian has said the Portland diocese had knowledge of multiple accusations but didn’t remove Vallely from ministry.

Vallely died in 1997.

The Portland diocese says it hopes the settlement “brings a measure of peace.”