Clergy-abuse compensation panel distributes $3.2 million
Checks totaling three-point-two million dollars have been mailed out to 117 people who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests.
The checks emptied a compensation fund the Archdiocese of Cincinnati created to help end a prosecutor's investigation. An independent three-member panel created to administer the fund closed its work by mailing the checks yesterday across the 19-county, southwestern Ohio archdiocese. The amount disbursed represents three million dollars used to establish the fund in 2003 plus 200-thousand dollars in interest it had generated since then. Panel Chairman Robert Stachler says the amount of the fund limited what the panel could do to help victims.