Archdiocese settles 1960s abuse case involving volunteer CYO coach

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The Archdiocese of Seattle recently reached a final settlement of $250,000 for a case involving allegations of sexual abuse by a former CYO basketball coach.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Terry McGrath was a volunteer coach at St. Louise Parish in Bellevue. In the 1970s, he served as a CYO volunteer at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland; from 1976 to 1989, he was CYO athletic director for the archdiocese.

As part of its commitment to transparency, the Archdiocese of Seattle created a website dedicated to the topic of sexual abuse in the archdiocese. Visit Protect and Heal to learn about the history of sexual abuse in the archdiocese, which peaked in 1975 and has since sharply declined. The website also outlines how since the early 1980s, the archdiocese has taken steps to prevent abuse, protect the community and help victims and their families heal.

To report any suspicion of abuse by any church personnel in the Archdiocese of Seattle, contact local law enforcement. Anyone with knowledge of misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Seattle is urged to call the archdiocesan hotline at 1-800-446-7762.