Diocese of Rochester has paid $1.6 million to 20 sex abuse victims
At least 20 children, and probably more, have been sexually abused by 24 priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester since 1950.
Over the years, the diocese has paid $1,616,000 in compensation to those victims. The number of victims is likely higher because not all victims accept financial compensation.
Some of the payouts date back decades, although most were settled since the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal erupted in 2002.
Those figures are according to the diocese, which released them Friday in response to a request from the Democrat and Chronicle following new accusations that it’s protecting and enabling pedophile priests.