Few Milwaukee clergy abuse victims get large sums
M.L. JOHNSON - Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An Associated Press analysis of clergy sex abuse documents released this week in Milwaukee shows that while most of the $30 million the archdiocese paid out through mid-2012 went to victim settlements and therapy, the bulk of it went to just a few people.
The archdiocese released the records as part of a deal with victims suing it for fraud in federal bankruptcy court.
The documents cover 88 settlements worth at least $6.6 million and provide the first detailed look at which victims were paid, how much and when.
The records show few settlements before 2003. Even after then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan started a mediation program in 2003, most Wisconsin victims got about $50,000.
In contrast, 10 California residents abused by Milwaukee priests shared a nearly $16.7 million settlement in 2006.