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Beaumont Diocese settles in sexual abuse case
Judge Gary Sanderson dismissed a civil suit case filed by six men who say they were sexually abused when they were boys by Father Ronald Bollich. Bollich was a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.
The suit claimed the Diocese was negligent and grossly negligent for its supervision and retention of Bollich when the Diocese knew or should have known he had the propensity to molest boys.
Documents in the suit show that when the molestations began, all six plaintiffs were minors, and Father Bollich was working as a pastor in Nacogdoches. Then, he went to Silsbee and later Bridge City.
Bollich also worked at other parishes within the Beaumont Diocese, including those in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Groves.
Bishop Guillory of the Beaumont Diocese released this statement today:
"I am deeply saddened by the sexual abuse scandals that have affected the church and now our own diocese and the Southeast Texas community. These global scandals have profoundly impacted many lives and have grieved our priests including myself. The attorney for the diocese announced that we were able to settle the case of six plaintiffs who alleged sex abuse by Ronald Bollich, a priest who died in 1996. The plaintiffs said the alleged acts took place 20 to 30 years ago. We are unable to reveal the amount of the settlements to you because the plaintiffs requested that the amount remain confidential."