KC diocese reaches settlement in abuse case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese has reached a $2.25 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a Missouri couple who said their 14-year-old son committed suicide because he was abused by a Kansas City priest.

The settlement was announced Monday as jury selection was underway in Jackson County court.

The diocese said in a statement it chose to settle the lawsuit because of the expected “financial and emotional toll on all parties” of the trial, which was to last a month.

The boy, Brian Teeman, died of a gunshot wound in 1983 at his Independence home. His parents, Rosemary and Donald Teeman, filed the lawsuit in 2011 after learning of the alleged abuse.

The Teemans’ lawyer, Rebecca Randles, says the settlement allows “everyone to put this behind them.”

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