Friday, August 27, 2010

Man who claimed abuse settles with priest

Man who claimed abuse settles with priest
© 2010 The Associated Press
Aug. 27, 2010, 7:32AM
ST. LOUIS — A priest who was a former principal at Vianney High School in St. Louis has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former student who claimed he was sexually abused.

Officials with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, say Brother William Mueller will pay damages to Bryan Bacon. Bacon previously reached settlement with the Marianist Province of the United States, the St. Louis-based order that operates Vianney.

Mueller is now in his 70s and lives in San Antonio.

Bacon said the abuse happened in 1985, when he was 15. He claimed Mueller blindfolded, threatened and molested him.

Mueller has been accused in lawsuits of abusing dozens of boys in three states — Texas, Colorado and Missouri.

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