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Montana diocese reaches $20-million settlement with clergy abuse victims

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings reached a $20-million agreement to settle claims by 86 people who said they were sexually abused as children by clergy employed by the Montana diocese dating back to the 1950s, officials said Friday.

The abuse happened at the hands of dozens of priests, deacons and at least one nun in Native American reservations and in towns and cities throughout the diocese's territory across eastern Montana, attorneys for about half of the plaintiffs said.


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