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ARCHDIOCESE SETTLES SUIT <br> ALLEGING SEX ABUSE BY NUN

The Archdiocese of New York settled a lawsuit Monday by a Bronx man who sought $150 million in damages on allegations that a former nun had sexually abused him when he was 12 and she was his seventh-grade teacher.

Attorneys for the plaintiff, Brian O'Rourke, and for the archdiocese declined to disclose details of the settlement.

O'Rourke, 25, had sued the former nun, Linda Baisi, 53, the archdiocese and the school, St. Frances de Chantal in the Bronx, over what he said was five years of sexual abuse that began when he was 12.

Michael Dowd, O'Rourke's attorney, called Baisi a "sexual predator," and attorneys for the archdiocese and the school acknowledged that Baisi had sexually exploited the youth.

O'Rourke said his affair with Baisi, his homeroom and English teacher at the Throgs Neck-area school, subjected him to ridicule by classmates, drove him to alcoholism and drug abuse and caused him to have sexual problems.

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