Deal reached in Catholic lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A settlement is reached in a lawsuit against the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Bishop Robert Finn over a priest’s child porn case, hours after a federal judge dismissed one of two civil counts.

The suit was filed by a victim who was 2 years old when the Rev. Shawn Ratigan took lewd pictures of her in May 2006. He pleaded guilty in August to a charge of taking pornographic pictures of the girl and awaits sentencing.

One of the girl’s attorneys, Gregg Meyers in St. Paul, Minn., told The Associated Press on Wednesday before it was officially announced that the remaining count was settled late Tuesday afternoon for $600,000. The deal still must be approved by a judge.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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