Published: September 7, 2011 New York Times
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Crookston has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a lawsuit with a 21-year-old woman who said she was sexually molested as a teenager by a priest from India who was serving parishes in the diocese. The victim, Megan Peterson, said the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul sexually abused her when she went to speak to him about becoming a nun. As part of the settlement, the diocese will contact the priest's home diocese in India and express "grave concern regarding the suitability for ministry of Father Jeyapaul." The diocese said the $750,000 would be covered by insurance.