COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Catholic Diocese of Columbus announced Wednesday it has settled a lawsuit involving abuse allegations at St. Charles Preparatory School.
The lawsuit, filed in August of 2018, claims Reverend Monsignor Thomas Bennett molested a student approximately six times, while on school grounds during the 2002-2003 school year.
According to the diocese, Bennett served at the school for 46 years. He died in 2008.
The diocese and the plaintiff agreed to a $1 million settlement, paid from a fund for uninsured or under-insured claims. The diocese did not admit guilt in making the settlement. The former student was originally seeking damages in excess of $2 million.
Bennett does not appear on the list of credibly accused clergy in the diocese. A footnote on that list indicates that because the matter is currently in litigation, a credibility determination has not been made.