Brooklyn Diocese Pays $27.5 Million To Sex Abuse Victims

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Published on Sep 19, 2018

The Brooklyn Diocese has paid $27.5 million to settle four sexual abuse cases, the New York Times reports.

It's one of the largest-ever settlements to individual victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

Lawyers say the victims were repeatedly raped over the course of six years, from 2003 to 2009, when they were all 8 to 12 years old.

The abuse happened inside the St. Lucy-St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and in an adjacent building.

The man who abused the victims was identified as 67-year-old Angelo Serrano, when he was a religious teacher at the parish between 2003 and 2009. He's now in the upstate Fishkill Correctional Facility serving 15 years after being convicted on first-degree sexual conduct charges in the case in 2011.