Catholic Diocese of Peoria settles sexual abuse case for $1.35 million

By WEEK Producer

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- After nearly two decades of litigation there is a $1.35 million settlement in the sexual abuse case of a Peoria Catholic priest.

The accuser, Andrew Ward, said he was just 8 years old when former Peoria Catholic Diocese Monsignor Thomas Maloney sexually abused him at Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal.

Ward filed a lawsuit in 2008 against Maloney and also accused former Peoria Bishop John Myers of ignoring or hiding the crimes.

Some members of a support group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, gathered on Tuesday outside the Diocese office in Peoria.

They say the Diocese still refuses to acknowledge or address the problem.

"Call law enforcement when one of these priests is accused of this,” said SNAP Member Jeff Jones. “Don't go by cannon law. There's laws that you and I have to abide by. He should have to abide by the same rules."

In a statement, the Diocese of Peoria said they would not comment on the case due to confidentiality rules but did say funds used for settlements are paid through insurance.

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