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Oct. 3, 2013Kansas City, MO |  By: AP

Priest Settlement

An attorney for a girl and her parents says a lawsuit involving a western Missouri priest convicted of producing child pornography has reached a tentative settlement.

Rebecca Randles, who has represented dozens of clients who claim to have been abused by Roman Catholic priests, declined Wednesday to discuss terms of the agreement. A spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph also declined to comment before a judge approves the deal. The lawsuit against the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, Bishop Robert Finn and the diocese was scheduled for trial Monday. A hearing on the settlement agreement is set for Oct. 25. Ratigan pleaded guilty to five federal child pornography charges and was sentenced last month to 50 years in prison.