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Updated: 08/20/2014 11:54:02AM

Venice Diocese to pay six figures for Fort Myers priest misconduct

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Jean Ronald Joseph

By MARY WOZNIAK

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The Diocese of Venice will pay six figures to settle a sex abuse case involving a now-defrocked Fort Myers priest and a 16-year-old boy, the victim’s attorney announced today.

The victim, now 37, came forward with his claim in 2008. In response, the priest, Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Fort Myers, held a 2009 press conference declaring his innocence and naming the victim.

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