Sex case against local priest settled

March 24, 2008 8:00:18 AM PDT
A Wilmington legal firm representing a former Salesianum School student is announcing a settlement of the man's childhood sexual abuse claims.

According to a news release issued Monday by The Neuberger Firm, Eric Eden settled his case against Salesianum, the Oblates of Saint Francis DeSales and various Oblate officials for an undisclosed amount of money.

The news release says the case against the remaining defendant, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, is scheduled to go to trial October 6.

The lawsuit alleges that Eden recovered suppressed memories of hundreds of incidents of abuse by Oblate priest and former Salesianum principal James O'Neill beginning in 1976, when Eden was 8 years old.

The news release says the Provincial of the Oblates, Rev. James Greenfield, has apologized in writing to Eden.