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Subject Belleville Diocese to pay abused altar boy $6.33 million on Wednesday
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Original Message Belleville Diocese to pay abused altar boy $6.33 million on Wednesday

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After a legal battle that began in 2002, the Catholic Diocese of Belleville has agreed to pay a former altar boy in connection with sexual abuse by one of its priests in the early 1970s.

Mike Weilmuenster, attorney for James Wisniewski of Champaign, said Friday that a hearing will be held in St. Clair County Circuit Court on Wednesday where checks totaling $6.33 million will be turned over to Wisniewski and his counsel.

The decision by the diocese to pay the $5 million court judgment rendered in 2008 plus interest that has accrued at $1,250 per day followed a recent second denial by the Illinois Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the case.

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