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Allentown diocese settles lawsuit over priest groping claim

October 26, 2018

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Reading man and the Allentown Roman Catholic Diocese have settled his lawsuit over allegations a priest groped him in 1989, when he was a 12-year-old altar boy.

The Morning Call of Allentown said Friday the diocese confirmed the settlement but had no other comment.

The man’s lawyer isn’t disclosing the amount but describes his client as “ecstatic.”

Attorney William Rush says the agreement also addresses the man’s medical treatment needs.

Rush’s client had alleged Rev. Richard Ford, who’s now dead, molested him in the rectory of Holy Guardian Angels Church in Reading.

An investigative grand jury reported in August that about 300 Catholic priests had sexually abused more than 1,000 children over decades in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Allentown.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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