Nearly 10 years later, conflict over $12 million settlement between Catholic Diocese of Charleston and victims of sex abuse continues
After nearly a decade, legal wrangling continues over a $12 million settlement paid to victims who were sexually abused by Catholic priests in the Charleston area more than 30 years ago.
A lawsuit on behalf of one of the victims, identified only as John Doe 10, was filed in September 2010, according to court documents. The plaintiff was molested at his church school and parish beginning in 1983 according to the suit.
"The priest involved, Frederick Hopwood, had an extensive history of molesting children that covered the decades before 1983," the documents said.
Hopwood pleaded guilty on March 21, 1994, to one count of a lewd act upon a minor. As part of his plea agreement, the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office gave Hopwood statewide immunity from further prosecution.