abc7 News: $19.6M settlement in priest sex abuse lawsuit against Donald McGuire

May 21, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Six men who say they were victims of former Jesuit priest Donald McGuire have settled their sex abuse lawsuit for nearly $20 million.

McGuire is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence after being convicted in several sex abuse cases.

“This is an exhortation for truth transparency and accountability,” Jeff Anderson, attorney, said. “It is our call today to action to this pope and to this order and all those like it to become transparent.”

McGuire was tried and convicted for child sex abuse in Wisconsin and is currently serving time in federal prison for molesting an underage boy. He was removed from the priesthood in 2008.

“The size of this settlement points to the horrors and unbelievable damage that these victims endured,” Barbara Blaine, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (S.N.A.P.), said.

An official for the Chicago Jesuits released a statement that read, in part, “Over the past few years the Chicago Province Jesuits have reached an accord with individuals who have filed claims against Donald McGuire for sexual abuse. Out of respect for all involved, the Province will not comment in any further detail. ”

The full statement from the Chicago Jesuits is available here.