Claims Filed In Priest Abuse Scandals

Few early filings for compensation

There have been fewer-than-expected compensation claims filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati for alleged sexual abuse by priests. But officials expect the number to pick up as the September First filing deadline nears.

In November, the archdiocese pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of failing to report allegations of child abuse, was found guilty and was fined ten-thousand dollars. Prosecutors agreed to end their investigation, and the archdiocese agreed to create a three million dollar fund to compensate alleged victims. Officials will confirm only that about two dozen claims have been filed. Lawyers say that by waiting, potential applicants give themselves more time to decide whether they are better off suing the archdiocese individually or seeking compensation from the fund.