Nev. jury: Wis. diocese to pay $50K in abuse case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas jury has awarded $500,000 to a man who claimed he was sexually abused as a boy by a former Wisconsin priest working in Nevada at the time.

The man alleged that when he was about 13, the Rev. John Patrick Feeney fondled him in 1984. At the time, Feeney was a pastor at a Las Vegas church.

The civil lawsuit named the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay as a defendant. The plaintiff alleged that officials there let Feeney transfer to Nevada without revealing a history of sexual abuse allegations against him.

The court on Thursday ordered the Green Bay diocese to pay damages of $500,000.

The diocese released a statement Friday reiterating its apology to victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse.


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