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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Settlement in 1990s Clergy Case re L.A. Archdiocese, Br. Modesto Leon, Camp Unity, Claretian Missionaries (Read Complaint Here)

“The primary defendant has worked out a settlement, which will release the Archdiocese,” Cardinal Roger Mahony’s defense attorney Lee Potts said in L.A. Superior Court Wednesday morning (Sept. 15, 2010). “It’s a global settlement that releases all the defendants," Potts said.

Case #BC391894 involved "acts that took place from 1996 to 1999" against a 14-year-old boy, and plaintiff attorneys were pursuing a deposition of Cardinal Roger Mahony when parties reporting reaching a settlement in this morning's hearing, with Judge Emilie Elias.

Earlier this year, Potts had produced three Motions to Stay and Quash Deposition Re Cardinal Mahony and a "Person Most Knowledgeable," in the Saul R case. June 2010, Plaintiff Attorney Dawn Smith, of The Cifarelli Law Firm in Santa Ana, fired back with opposition motions, continuing to pursue a deposition of the Cardinal.

Direct quotes from the Complaint are below, but first:
After the hearing I got this photo of Lee Potts talking with Michael Maddigan, of O’Melveny & Myers lawfirm, who appeared for defendants Claretian Missionaries (Potts is with Hennigan Bennett & Dorman).

I called out, “Lee!” to get them to look my direction so I could get a picture.

Is Lee Potts giving me the finger?



From 1st Amended Complaint
Case Number: BC391894


Filing Date: 06/02/2008

Case Type: Other PI/PD/WD (General Jurisdiction)

Status: Consolidated 07/07/2008 with Coordinated Case(s): JCCP4286

The perpetrator is Brother Modesto Leon.

Plaintiff in Case No. BC391894 alleges that he was a victim of childhood sexual abuse by Brother Modesto Leon, a Roman Catholic Brother in the religious order Claretian missionaries.

For decades certain Roman Catholic Church personnel have sexually preyed upon the children under their leadership and or supervision. All the while, Defendants knew such vile practices were occurring, yet failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of these children and to prevent the future acts of molestation.

Defendants’ despicable conduct has resulted in a legacy of pain and emotional devastation. This suit seeks compensation for sexual abuse.

Defendants use their position as religious instructors and counselors to gain the trust and confidence of sexual molestation victims. Thereafter, Defendants misrepresent, conceal, or fail to disclose information relating to the sexual misconduct of clergy members.

This suit seeks compensation relating to this breach of trust.

Plaintiff SAUL R brings this action as an individual.

These acts took place 1996-1999

(These allegations took place three years after the one case identified at Bishop Accountability under L regarding Brother Modesto Leon.)

(More From the original complaint Case #BC391894:)

Plaintiff alleges that the abuse occurred between 1995 and 1996 while he was a participant in youth retreats at Camp Unity in the Angeles National Forest - founded, organized, and supervised by Brother Leon.

He alleges that Brother Leon was also the founder of Soledad Enrichment Action, Inc., and that the abuse allegedly occurred within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The claims in the Complaint largely track the claims in the Master Complaint in the Coordinated Cases.


Another Defendant in Case #BC391894 is

Soledad Enrichment Center

A corporation that ran retreats, founded, organized, and supervised by Defendant


The pedophile priest ran retreats at Camp Unity (Off Barley Flats Road on Mount Wilson in the mountains overlooking the San Gabriel Valley).
Back to document on Saul R.

These allegations are from 1996 to 1999

Saul R was age 14 to 16 birthday June 11, 1982


More direct quotes from Complaint Case #BC391894:

Plaintiffs allege that defendants, in concert with each other and with the intent to conceal and defraud, conspired and came to a meeting of the minds whereby they would misrepresent, conceal, or fail to disclose information relating to the sexual misconduct of defendant.

By so concealing, Defendants committed at least one act in furtherance of the conspiracy.


Posted by Kay Ebeling, Producer, City of Angels Blog covering the pedophile epidemic in the Catholic Church since January 2007.

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1 comment:

city of angels lady said...

Arthur Baselice of Philadelphia writes:

Now that it is 'settled,' it is dismissed and the 'church' will use this dismissed case as part of their statiistics to bullshit the public about the number of abusers in the catholic church.

I hope in the near future some victim will see it through and have Mahony, the pope, et al deposed !!!