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Additional settlements awarded to those who claim abuse by Rochester Catholic Diocese

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February 20, 2019 09:57 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- News10NBC just confirmed two more settlement offers have been handed down to those who claim abuse by the Rochester Catholic Diocese.

In our report last week, News10NBC told you the Rochester Catholic Diocese has set up a mediation process for alleged victims in anticipation of an onslaught of possible lawsuits following the passage of the Child Victims Act.

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The diocese isn't defending itself against any of the allegations. Instead, they're leaving it up to an independent mediator to listen to their stories, determine whether they are credible and if so, how much they should be compensated. 

The victims can decide whether or not to accept the settlement offer. If they don't want to, they walk away and retain their rights to sue under the Child Victims Act. 

The mediator, a former state Supreme Court justice, has already started handing down decisions.

Last week, Judge Robert Lunn offered the first victim to file a claim under this process a $125,000 settlement, which they accepted. 

News10NBC learned Wednesday night that a second victim was offered $90,000. That victim will also be accepting. 

A third victim was offered a settlement, but the amount of that settlement has not yet been disclosed. 

So far, a total of 10 alleged victims have spoken with Lunn.

Four more hearings are scheduled for next month. 

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