Settlement helping victim of Colorado Catholic priest abuse start a new life
A state-led investigation into child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Colorado in 2019 discovered 52 priests were responsible for sexually assaulting 212 children between the 1950s and 1999.
Now, one of the victims is telling a story of healing after he reached a settlement with the church.
“I never thought I would come out of the darkness,” said Troy Gallegos, a Denver man who kept his story a secret for more than four decades. “I’m still trying to climb out of there.”
Gallegos was a lead altar boy at Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Denver. He said he kept the secret out of fear and out of respect for his mother’s visible position with the Denver Archdiocese.
“I used to hate to go to school because it was right next to the church,” Gallegos said. “I was always nervous because the