Abuse claims settled; Catholic principal worked in Everett

The allegations are from Sister Dolores Crosby’s time at a Seattle school from 1979 to 1992.

SEATTLE — The Archdiocese of Seattle has settled two cases for a total of $165,000 over sexual abuse allegations dating back to the 1980s against Sister Dolores Crosby, the archdiocese announced Friday.

The allegations are from Crosby’s time as principal at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School in Seattle from 1979 to 1992. From there, she went to Everett, where she served as principal at the Immaculate Conception School until 1999. She surrendered her teaching and administrative credentials in 1999 after an allegation of inappropriate contact from the 1980s was made.

Crosby was the only woman included on a January 2016 list released by the archdiocese of 77 names of people who had either admitted to sexually abusing children while serving in the clergy or had allegations against them that were found by the church to be credible. She died in 2007 when she was 73.

Since the late 1980s, the archdiocese has paid out over $113 million in settlements for more than 450 claims of sexual abuse of minors by church leaders in Western Washington.

Crosby, the niece of Bing Crosby, also worked at the Holy Rosary School in Edmonds in the 1970s, St. Anne School in Seattle from 1968 to 1970 and St. Frances Cabrini School in Lakewood in the late 1970s. She was a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

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