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Woman Settles Sex Abuse Case Against Archdiocese

Associated Press

A woman who said she was sexually abused by a priest has settled her lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for $600,000.

Elaine Montoya, 34, said she was abused more than 300 times as a teen-ager by Father Arthur Perrault, who fled his Albuquerque parish more than a year ago.

A grand jury decided not to indict Perrault, and his whereabouts is unknown.

Montoya, who reached the settlement Tuesday, is one of 28 people who claim they were abused by clergy and have sued the Santa Fe archdiocese.

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