Diocese Settles Sex Case for $1.2 Million

     BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CN) – The Belleville Diocese will pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit from a former altar boy who says he was molested by a priest. John Doe claimed in St. Clair County Court that the Rev. Raymond Kownacki molested him. Last year, a St. Clair County jury awarded $5 million to another former altar boy who accused Kownacki of molesting him. The diocese is appealing that verdict.

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