Diocese: August Deadline for Sex-Abuse Claims

By Beacon Staff

HELENA — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is giving notice that sex abuse victims have until Aug. 11 to file a claim as part of the diocese’s bankruptcy proceedings.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy reorganization in January as part of a proposed settlement with about 360 victims of sexual abuse from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Monday’s notice by the diocese is part of a May 6 federal court order setting a deadline by which claims must be made.

Anyone who was sexually abused an employee of the diocese, or believes the diocese is liable for their abuse before the Jan. 31 bankruptcy filing, can file a claim by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

Claim forms can be obtained from the diocese and they preserve the abuse victims’ rights in the bankruptcy case.