Man wins $6.4M award in child sex-abuse case

SEATTLE — A man who says he was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic school official in Seattle has won a $6.4 million court award against an order of Catholic priests.

After a four-week trial, a Superior Court jury found that the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate ignored the student’s sex abuse complaints when he attended St. Benedict School.

In a statement Thursday, plaintiff’s lawyer Michael Pfau said the jury found that the plaintiff was abused weekly between 1961 and 1964 by Daniel Adamson, who was a teacher and principal at the school. Adamson was not a member of the clergy. The Oblates ran the school at the time, although it was owned by the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese. Adamson died in the mid-1970s.

The jury’s overall $8 million verdict was reduced to $6.4 million because jurors found the archdiocese and another religious order that staffed the school to be 20 percent responsible. The plaintiff settled with the archdiocese for $500,000.

The Oblates did not immediately respond to an Associated Press email seeking comment.

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