Catholic church pays $2 million to settle local priest sexual abuse cases
The Archdiocese of Seattle has reached over $2 million in settlements in the past six months due to credible allegations of sexual abuse by four Catholic priests in Western Washington, including two former leaders of a parish in Snohomish and one in Everett.
The Rev. Michael C. OBrien led St. Michael Parish from 1974 to 1979.
He was succeeded by the Rev. Dennis Champagne from 1979 to 1999, who then became the priest of St. John Bosco Church in Lakewood. Church leaders put Champagne on leave in 2002, after someone accused him of sexual misconduct.
OBrien was also accused of “a credible complaint of sexual abuse,” and he was defrocked in 2010.
Both men had been flagged as potential abusers for decades but continued to