18 Jun 2008

Diocese of Fairbanks launches multistate search for possible sexual assault victims

Fort Mill Times - June 17, 2008

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks is launching a multistate search for possible sexual assault victims as it moves forward with the settlement of abuse claims against it.

The Diocese filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year. It is working with attorneys representing clients who claim sexual abuse by clergy between the 1950s and 1980s.

About 150 people have filed claims, seeking millions in compensation.

Robert Hannon, special assistant to the Fairbanks Bishop, says anyone else harmed by the church has until Dec. 2 to come forward as part of the settlement process.

Hannon says the Diocese is putting notices in newspapers across the state and the Pacific Northwest, and getting the message out through other outlets.

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