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Victim of Church Abuse Shares His Story

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Victim of Church Abuse Shares His Story

Hear plaintiff Tony Almeida

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Tony Almeida, one of the plaintiffs in the recently settled lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, claims a priest in a Los Angeles parish began abusing him when he was an altar boy in 1974 at the age of 11.

Almeida says the trauma of losing his trust to a Catholic priest made it nearly impossible to trust others or sustain intimate relationships as an adult. He blames his two failed marriages on the abuse. Almeida talks with Noah Adams.