BOSTON — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has reached settlements in sexual abuse cases involving two priests, including a former Boston police chaplain whose only previous connection with the scandal was as a whistleblower.
The chaplain, the Rev. James Lane, and the Rev. Rickard O'Donovan are among a dozen clerics named in separate sexual abuse claims against dioceses and religious orders that Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian says he settled in the last 14 months. Both priests are dead.
Garabedian plans to reveal the 12 names Wednesday.
Garabedian tells The Boston Globe the settlements were five- to six-figure amounts and did not involve an admission of guilt.
An archdiocese spokesman confirmed the two settlements but said church investigations into the priests were inconclusive and the allegations went back 40 years.