SW Indiana Catholic diocese settles rape case

WASHINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Evansville Catholic Diocese has reached a confidential settlement in a civil lawsuit that accused the diocese and others of trying to cover up the rape of a mentally handicapped woman.

The Washington Times-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1hM69aW ) the agreement filed earlier this month in Daviess Circuit Court was signed by the victim's mother and the diocese.

The settlement ends claims against the diocese, the Catholic Community of Washington and three employees.

The lawsuit claimed the woman was 23 when she was sexually assaulted in 2007 during an abstinence youth retreat at the former St. Mary's School in Washington, a southwestern Indiana city about 50 miles northeast of Evansville.

A man who pleaded guilty to rape in that case in 2009 was later deported to El Salvador.

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Information from: Washington Times-Herald, http://www.washtimesherald.com