Settlement reached in priest abuse case
Monday, November 21, 2005
By Theresa Gutierrez
November 17, 2005 (WLS) — A settlement has been reached in connection with a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse. At least six adults claimed father John Powell abused them in the late 60′s and 70′s. No criminal charges were filed against Powell but the priest has admitted to the abuse.
Two of the former Chicago Jesuit priest John Powell’s victims spoke out Thursday. Patrice Regnier says Father Powell — a former Loyola University professor — started abusing her when she was 12 years old. She just received a settlement.
“The idea people found from me speaking the truth that they could come out themselves and speak the truth is a good thing,” said Patrice Regnier, victim of sexual abuse.
Diane Ruhl says she was abused at 17 years old by Father Powell on the Loyola campus when she was a student. She confronted him 30 years later by writing him. He responded and admitted to the abuse in his letters.