Los Angeles Archdiocese Settles Sexual Abuse Cases for Ten Million Dollars

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles recently settled four sexual abuse cases for a sum close to $10 million.  The victims claimed that they were sexually assaulted by priest Michael Baker.  Authorities state that Baker allegedly abused 23 boys over a three decade span.  This settlement is the first one for the LA Diocese since they agreed to release 12,000 documents concerning its handling of sexual abuse claims.  Authorities say that the priest admitted that he sexually assaulted two boys to Cardinal Roger Mahony in 1986.  Mahony initially sent Baker for treatment, but then later reassigned him to ministry, where he abused boys again.  One of the lawyers in the case said the release of the files was a pivotal point for settling the claims.  Baker was defrocked in 2000.  He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and was released in 2011.