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Lawyers For a Former Altar Boy Who Claims He Was Molested by a Trumbull Priest Say He Has Settled His Lawsuit

Published on 01/18/2005

(Stamford-AP, Jan. 18, 2005 1:00 PM) _ Lawyers for a former altar boy who claims he was molested by a Trumbull priest say he has settled his lawsuit.

The man, known in court documents as John Doe, claims he was molested by the Reverend John Castaldo in the early 1990s when Castaldo was a priest at Saint Teresa Church.

The settlement with the priest and the Bridgeport Diocese comes as the trial in the case was to begin in Stamford Superior Court.

The former altar boy has requested that both his name and the terms of the settlement not be released.

Castaldo was a spiritual adviser to Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford and a priest at Saint Maurice Parish in Stamford in the late 1990s. He was removed from both posts in May of 2001 after he was arrested on charges of engaging in a sexually explicit online chat with someone he believed was a 14-year-old boy.

Castaldo pleaded guilty in 2001 to a felony charge of attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor and was sentenced to one weekend in jail and five years of probation.

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