KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — A Catholic Diocese in Tennessee has settled a lawsuit out of court with a man who alleged two priests sexually abused him as a child.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed by the Knoxville diocese on Tuesday, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

While admitting no wrongdoing, “the diocese also recognizes that further pursuing this matter through the legal system would be time-consuming, costly, and detrimental to its mission of service,” diocese spokesman Jim Wogan said in a statement.

Attorneys for the man filed the lawsuit in July in Knox County Circuit Court. It alleged the sexual abuse occurred in the 1990s. The priests named in the lawsuit are dead.

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