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$3 Million Awarded In Mass. Priest Sex Abuse Case

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has awarded a total of $3 million to two alleged child sex abuse victims of a former Franciscan priest who served prison time for child molestation in a separate case.

Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders entered the judgment Friday against John Dority, awarding one victim $2 million and the other $1 million. Both were abused in Boston between 1965 and 1971, starting at around age 10.

Dority was convicted of child molestation in Rhode Island in 2005 and released from prison in 2007.

A telephone message was left Friday for 70-year-old Dority, who lives in Coventry, Conn.

The victims’ attorney, Carmen Durso, said Dority likely doesn’t have the money to pay the judgments. He said the case wasn’t about money, but about putting a value on what the victims had lost.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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