The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has settled with a man who claimed in a lawsuit that its leaders protected a Mormon Church counselor, who allegedly molested him for more than eight years when he was a child. Some of the alleged abuse occurred inside its Costa Mesa church.
On Thursday, the Mormon church finalized its settlement with the unnamed plaintiff for $100,000, said the man’s attorney, Vince Finaldi.
“In the civil system, that’s how we help compensate people for the damages they’ve suffered, with money,” Finaldi said. “That’s how you end up paying for the things that are going to help with his recovery.”
The claims against the church were originally thrown out by a Orange County Superior Court judge last year.
“Churches are simply not responsible for the misdeeds of their members, without more specific facts that are not even alleged in this case,” Judge Ronald Bauer wrote in dismissing the claims.