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Settlement of clergy sex abuse lawsuit results in release of files of 5 St. John's Abbey monks


ST. CLOUD, Minnesota — St. John's Abbey has released the first batch of internal files of monks as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse lawsuit.

Attorney Jeff Anderson on Tuesday released the files on five monks.

The St. Cloud Times ( reports the files show that two monks admitted to each having more than 200 sexual encounters, and that a third credibly accused monk was paid $30,000 to voluntarily leave the priesthood.

In a statement, Abbott John Klassen says the documents show each of the monks as "a fallible, relatable person."

Earlier this year, a Minnesota man who sued the abbey over alleged sex abuse reached a settlement with St. John's that will force the release of personnel files for 19 monks accused of sexually abusing minors.

Information from: St. Cloud Times,

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