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December 27, 2013

Settlement reached in Evansville Diocese rape suit

Confidential settlement includes Catholic Community of Washington

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Mendez-Morales was then arrested for multiple charges of rape. He contended, according to the criminal case, that sex was consensual. The victim, now in her late twenties, is developmentally disabled and under state law, a person can be charged with rape if the other is incapable of granting consent.

During Mendez-Morales' criminal case, two psychologists told the court she was incapable of giving sexual consent due to her diminished mental state. A plea deal was made by the Daviess County Prosecutor's office and Mendez-Morales' attorney, Blake Chambers.

Attorneys for the diocese said Batz, Durliat and others denied the accusations made by Gameros. They also wrote in their argument the victim told them consent was given and the victim begged Batz not to call Gameros. They also, according to court documents, supplied assistance to Chambers during Mendez-Morales' defense.

Multiple messages were left to the attorneys involved in the case.

No officials from the Catholic Community of Washington were at the retreat, but still owned the former school property. The property was sold to Harvest Community Fellowship in 2009.

Officials with the diocese had no comment. Gomez, a seminarian at St. Meinrad Archabbey at the time, was killed in a car accident in Tulsa, Okla., in 2011. Batz and Durliat still work for the diocese's Spanish outreach ministry in Huntingburg, according to the diocese's website.

Gameros and her daughter left the area and are now living near Louisville, Ky.

 

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