A New York-based Catholic diocese and after-school program have agreed to pay four sexually abused boys $27.5 million in what is believed to be the largest settlement ever reached for a church sexual abuse case. The Diocese of Brooklyn agreed to a “record-setting settlement” of $27.5 million, or $6.875 million per unnamed boy, according to a statement released Tuesday by the law firm Gair, Gair, Conason,

Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf. The four boys were abused by Angelo Serrano, a former Catholic church educator who committed the abuse between 2003 and 2009, his victims being as young as 8 years old. Peter Saghir, one of the attorneys for the boys, said in a statement released Tuesday that while “the Catholic Church has sought to institute policies to protect children from sexual abuse” it “clearly has not done enough to ensure its own policies are being followed.” READ MORE