- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima was not responsible for the sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy by a Zillah church deacon in 1999.

Judge Edward Shea on Thursday rejected arguments that the diocese failed to screen and supervise the deacon when it accepted him as a candidate for priesthood.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1mQVX1l) lawyers for the victim are deciding whether to appeal. The lawsuit sought $8 million.

The deacon fled to Mexico after the incident and did not return to the United States.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, https://www.yakimaherald.com

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