The Archdiocese of St. Louis will pay nearly $1.7 million to a family whose son was sexually abused over three years by the Rev. Gary Wolken, a Roman Catholic priest now serving 15 years in prison.  In pleading guilty in December 2002 to two counts of statutory sodomy and six counts of child molestation, Wolken admitted exposing himself to the son of a family friend, inappropriately touching him and having oral sex with him from 1997 to 2000.  The abuse began when the child was in kindergarten and often took place while Wolken babysat.

(St. Louis, Missouri)