The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte has agreed to pay $1 million to a man who had sued, saying a priest sexually abused him when he was an altar boy in 1999.
The Charlotte Observer reported that the diocese also agreed to pay for counseling for the man, who is now 25. The man, who was an altar boy at Charlotte’s St. Matthew Catholic Church when he was molested, had filed a civil lawsuit alleging that church officials covered up the sex crimes of the Rev. Robert Yurgel.
Yurgel was sentenced last year to nearly eight years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree sex offense. Officials with the diocese have said they didn’t learn of any sexual misconduct allegations until Yurgel’s arrest in 2008.