Colorado

Sep 14, 2009 7:35 AM by Associated Press

2 Pueblo men settle suits alleging abuse by priest

Two Pueblo men who filed lawsuits alleging they were sexually abused by a former priest have reached settlements with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pueblo.

Monsignor Mark Plewka of the diocese confirmed the settlements with a 48 year-old man and his nephew, described as in his 30s. The older man alleged Andrew Burke abused him from 1970-1978. The lawsuits accused Burke of establishing a similar relationship with the man's nephew.

The older man had sought $1.8 million from the diocese and the release of Burke's personnel file. Terms of the settlements weren't disclosed, but they did not include release of Burke's file.

Burke left the priesthood in 1973. He committed suicide in September 2005 at age 62.

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