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Archdiocese of Boston settles six clergy sex abuse lawsuits dating back decades

Named in the suits were Deacon William Emerson, Monsignor James J. Haddad, the Rev. Paul R. McCarthy, the Rev. Paul J. McLaughlin, the Rev. Francis E. O’Brien Jr., and the Rev. Bernard L. Sullivan.

The Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center in Braintree. Dominic Chavez/Globe Staff


The Archdiocese of Boston has agreed to settle lawsuits over six clergy members accused of sexually abusing boys as young as 7 over a period of decades in local Catholic parishes, according to a lawyer for the victims.

The abuse allegedly took place from about 1966 and 1990, when the victims, who were all boys, ranged in age from 7 to 14, attorney Mitchell Garabedian said in a statement Wednesday. He said the claims were settled in June “in the high five figures.”

“By reporting the sexual abuse, clergy sexual abuse victims are empowering themselves and other victims, and expressing an important need to protect innocent children,” Garabedian said. A spokesman for the archdiocese did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday night.

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