Diocese launches compensation fund for clergy abuse victims

Posted: Updated:
ROCKVILLE CENTRE -

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is launching a fund to compensate victims of sex abuse by clergy.

The Diocese sent a letter to victims notifying them of the settlement program. It's called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

Victims who accept settlement money must waive their right to bring their cases to court.

The compensation fund is aimed at bringing closure to dozens of cases of alleged abuse by clergy that, in some cases, date back decades.

Settlements range from $100,000 to $500,000. Attorneys for clergy sex abuse victims say while accepting a settlement under the fund may help victims, it effectively hides the truth.

"In essence, they're paying people off," says attorney Mitchell Garabedian. "It's saying to these people, 'Here's some money. We're not going to list publicly the names of the predator priests. We just want you to go away.'"

It is unclear how many letters were sent out by the Diocese of Rockville Centre. A spokesman for the diocese says a formal announcement about the fund will be made in the near future.

Head over to Newsday for more on this story.

Letter sent to victims:

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Your Long Island Weather Photos

    Your Long Island Weather Photos

    Saturday, December 9 2017 3:24 PM EST2017-12-09 20:24:57 GMT
    Your Long Island Weather PhotosYour Long Island Weather Photos

    Share your weather photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LIWeather.

    Share your weather photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LIWeather.

  • Fire damages 2 Massapequa homes

    Fire damages 2 Massapequa homes

    Monday, December 11 2017 10:28 PM EST2017-12-12 03:28:44 GMT
    A fire damaged two Massapequa homes Monday afternoon.A fire damaged two Massapequa homes Monday afternoon.

    A fire damaged two Massapequa homes Monday afternoon.

    A fire damaged two Massapequa homes Monday afternoon.

  • Photos: Aftermath of NYC subway pipe bombing

    Photos: Aftermath of NYC subway pipe bombing

    A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.   Images via Getty.

    A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.   Images via Getty.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."