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Brooklyn Diocese agrees to $27.5 million settlement for 4 sex abuse cases

Members of the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn
Members of the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Four men received a $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn on Tuesday, after they previously came forward about being sexually abused as children by a religion teacher in that diocese, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This is one of the largest settlements ever in relation to victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. In early September, the New York Attorney General subpoenaed eight Catholic diocese as a part of a state-wide investigation. Since the findings in Pennsylvania, attorneys general in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and New Jersey have also investigated or are beginning to look into sexual abuse allegations from the Catholic church.

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