December 15, 2006
Orthodox church's insurer settles abuse claim
BLANCO, Texas. A man who says he was abused as a teenager by monksat a Blanco monastery has settled a lawsuit against the RussianOrthodox Church Outside of Russia. The church's insurance companysettled the claim yesterday.
Church attorney Lin Hughes says the settlement includes an undisclosed payment to the plaintiff, James Wright Junior.
Wright sued the church along with SanAntonio-businessman-turned-monk Samuel Greene Junior. Two other monksand a nonprofit founded by Greene were also named in the lawsuit.
Wright alleged he was sexually abused about a decade ago at theChrist of the Hills monastery after being sent there as a teenager for"acting out."
The monastery was allied with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside ofRussia. But the church broke ties when allegations of indecency byGreene with an 11-year-old studying at the monastery surfaced.
Greene pleaded guilty in 2000 to indecency and was sentenced toprobation. He was arrested again in July on charges of sexual assaultof a child.
Authorities raided the monastery looking for evidence in the caseover the summer. They seized a Mary and Jesus icon said to cry tears ofmyrrh _ a draw for thousands of visitors.
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