Priest Abuse Victims Urged To Speak Out

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009  |  Updated 5:00 PM CDT
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Priest Abuse Victims Urged To Speak Out

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Two Dallas-area men who were part of a $4.6 million settlement over alleged sexual abuse by a now-deceased Catholic priest are urging other victims to speak out.

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Two Dallas-area men who were part of a $4.6 million settlement over alleged sexual abuse by a now-deceased Catholic priest are urging other victims to speak out.

Robert Sanchez and Jaime Cantu made their first public comments Wednesday since they and four other men reached a deal in their case against the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and the Oklahoma religious order of the late Rev. Thomas Behnke.

Behnke worked in Dallas in the 1970s and 1980s. He was accused of abusing boys around the time they were sixth-graders.

The Dallas diocese agreed to pay $500,000, with insurance covering most of that amount. Behnke's religious order, the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Oklahoma Province of St. Therese, will pay the rest.

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