First clergy abuse settlement with archdiocese reached under new law

Article by Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, August 20, 2014

Settlement is first deal reached under new law that extends time allowed to bring lawsuits.

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Plaintiff Jon Jaker – Photo by Mark VanCleave

More than 40 years after being sexually abused by a Catholic priest in St. Paul, Jon Jaker claimed a groundbreaking victory for himself and other abuse victims Wednesday.

Jon Jaker in 1971

Jon Jaker in 1971

Accompanied by his 84-year-old mother, Jaker, 54, announced he had reached a financial settlement with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the first payout under a new law that temporarily extends the time in which such clergy abuse lawsuits can be brought to court.

Fr. Thomas Stitts

Fr. Thomas Stitts

“This has been a long battle,” said Jaker, who now lives in California, at a news conference in the offices of Minneapolis attorney Patrick Noaker.  Read More

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