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The sexual abuse scandal in Davenport diocese is a significant episode in the series of Catholic sex abuse cases in the United States and Ireland.

Allegations against Bishop Soens

The decision was driven by many claims which focused on Bishop Lawrence Soens, who was accused of fondling as many as 15 students during his tenure as priest and principal at Regina Catholic High School in Iowa City during the 1960s. Soens denies the allegations.

Diocesan investigation

In February 2006, the Diocese of Davenport investigative panel found behavior that may have been inappropriate, but it did not appear to be sexual in nature.[1]

Legal settlements

One claim was settled for $20K in 2004. Two more suits were pending in May 2006. Seven more suits were filed in May 2006. One new suit with 13 plaintiffs was filed in August 2006 alleging abuse from 1959–1967. A judge discharged one suit in October 2006.[2] Recently, Bishop Soens was the first United States Roman Catholic Bishop to be named as being the object of 'credible' sexual abuse charges.[3]

Filing for bankruptcy

On October 10, 2006, the Diocese of Davenport filed for Chapter 11 protection [4].In Nov 27, 2007, $37 million had been now allocated to 156 persons.

Recovery under bishop Amos

Since taking office, bishop Martin John Amos has had to deal with the fallout from the sexual abuse scandal that had engulfed the Church. Two days before he assumed office, the Diocese of Davenport filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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