Portland Catholic Diocese settles with 6 sexual abuse victims for $1.2 million

BY ERIC RUSSELL AND MATT BYRNE STAFF WRITERS, August 15, 2016, Portland Press Herald

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has settled a lawsuit for $1.2 million with six sexual abuse victims of a former priest.

Additional details were released at a press conference late Monday morning at the office of Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of victims of pedophile priests.

The six plaintiffs are all victims of Father James Vallely, a longtime priest in the Bangor area dating back to the 1950s. He is now deceased.

Lawrence Gray, 68, was one of the six plaintiffs who have alleged for years that he was abused by Vallely.

Vallely met Gray when the priest was transferred to Portland and began  . . . 

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