Diocese of Orange Settles Clergy Abuse Case for $2 Million on Eve of Trial
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange settled a clergy abuse lawsuit for $2 million on the day of trial, an attorney for the plaintiff said.
The settlement was reached at 9:30 p.m. Monday after hours of negotiations, attorney Vince Finaldi said.
It resolves a civil lawsuit filed by a 41-year-old decorated Air Force combat pilot who alleged that former Monsignor Michael Harris molested him in 1986, when he was a student at Mater Dei Catholic High School and Harris was principal there.
Harris has never been charged criminally and denies the allegations. His attorney, James Ingram, did not return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.