KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An arbitrator says the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese must pay a $1.1 million fine because it violated a settlement of an earlier lawsuit involving sexual abuse by diocesan priests.
The $10 million settlement reached in 2008 included 19 requirements for the diocese, such as immediately reporting any abuse and establishing victims' advocacy programs.
Three years ago, a lawsuit accused the diocese of violating the settlement in such ways as failing to report for nearly a year suspected abuse committed by Rev. Shawn Ratigan, and withholding evidence of possible child pornography for months.
The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/1kaGbgT ) Tuesday that arbitrator Hollis Hanover agreed that the diocese violated the agreement.
The diocese argues in a court motion that Hanover exceeded his authority and is seeking to have his ruling vacated.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com