Priest sexual abuse attorneys in the State of Delaware have received a verdict of $30 million against the St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic parish after a jury found the church was grossly negligent in not properly supervising a former priest, according to the New York Times. The 58-year-old plaintiff was abused as a teenager in the 1960s.
The church is reportedly responsible for paying $3 million of the verdict. However, they could be responsible for paying more money after the jury rules on the issue of punitive damages. The judge hearing the case has instructed the jurors to come back next week for more testimony and decide the issue. Sometimes a punitive damages verdict can dwarf the initial verdict.
During the trial, the plaintiff reportedly stated to the jury that the case was not about money and he just wanted the truth to be told.