Gatti Wins Landmark Clergy Abuse Case

Daniel J. Gatti tried and won the first Catholic Clergy-Abuse case in the State of Oregon. Plaintiffs Randy Sloan and Robert Paul were wards of the Court in the 1970s and were within the custody of MacLaren School for Boys when they allege that Fr. Michael Sprauer, the School’s Catholic Chaplain, molested them on multiple occasions. The jury’s verdict of nearly $1.4 million capped the three week trial. Not only did the jury find that Fr. Michael Sprauer abused the two plaintiffs, but they awarded punitive damages based upon clear and convincing evidence presented by attorney Daniel J. Gatti. The State of Oregon, who operates MacLaren, was found negligent as well.

Newslinks for the Trial:
Jurors discuss difficulty of Oregon’s first sex-abuse trial against a priest.
Jurors say they found accusers more credible.
Jury rules priest sexually abused 2 boys.

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