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$1.7 Million Settlement in Clery Abuse Trials

According to The Star Tribune, nine clergy abuse settlements have been reached Wednesday with the help of a St. Paul attorney.

Jeff Anderson has defended victims of Roman Catholic clergy abuse for many years and has agreed upon a $1.7 million settlement for nine of his clients.

Part of the agreed upon terms include the disclosure of abusers names as well as credible allegations, documents regarding the abusers and revealed prevention steps.

Mark Mallinger filed a complaint in Ramsey County District Court in 2006 saying he was abused from the ages of 9 to 14 at the Onamia, Minn., seminary in the 1970s.

In an interview with The Star Tribune, Mallinger said, "I know classmates were abused, and I know people suffered in silence and shame."

Thomas R. Carkhuff, the head of the Crosiers in the United States, said in a statement, "We are deeply sorry for these wrongs that were committed in the past by some Crosiers and for the pain that this abuse has caused these men and their families."

According to The Los Angeles Times in 2007, $1.7 million is the average payout to alleged victims.