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Delay ordered in Montreal sex abuse suit

MONTREAL, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A judge says a suit alleging sexual abuse by priests at a Montreal school will be postponed to allow for a possible out-of-court settlement.

The class-action lawsuit was brought on behalf of victims of alleged sexual abuse at College Notre Dame in the 1970s and 1980s by brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross, The (Montreal) Gazette reported Monday.

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Superior Court Justice Claude Auclair granted the delay to Dec. 30 to allow time for mediation and a possible out-of-court settlement.

Allegations of sexual abuse were brought against teaching brothers at the College Notre Dame and at College St. Cesaire, also run by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

College St. Cesaire was sold by the congregation and is now closed, the Gazette reported.

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