Savannah Diocese Settles Priest Sex Abuse Case for $4.2 Million

November 4, 2009

The Diocese of Savannah said it has reached a $4.24 million agreement through a court-ordered mediation in South Carolina with Allan Ranta who alleged he was sexually molested by former priest Wayland Y. Brown between 1978 and 1983.

Ranta also alleged the diocese had foreknowledge of Brown’s propensities.

The diocese said that the $4.24 million settlement brings to a resolution all claims Ranta has with all parties except Brown. The decision to settle was to avoid the expense and burden of a lengthy trial by all parties, the diocese said.

Bishop J. Kevin Boland said, “I am sorry for all the pain and suffering experienced by Mr. Ranta and my prayers go out not only to him, but to all victims of child sexual abuse that each may find the healing they seek.”

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