FAIRBANKS - A recent ruling from a federal bankruptcy judge means the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese does not have insurance to cover sexual abuse cases.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Donald MacDonald IV ruled that Continental Insurance Company is not liable for the alleged abuse that spanned five years in the 1970s. MacDonald says that "some sort of policy" was issued to the diocese by CIC during the time in question.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that MacDonald's Sept. 11 memorandum said the diocese was unable to produce sufficient evidence or the existence of terms and conditions of liability coverage during the years in question when abuse is being claimed.
Almost 300 complaints of sexual abuse of a minor have been filed in the Fairbanks diocese in the last half-dozen years.
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