It’s believed to be one of the largest individual sexual abuse settlements ever paid in a case involving a cleric who served in the archdiocese of New Orleans during the organization’s decades-old sexual molestation crisis, though the crime to which the deacon pleaded guilty occurred before his ordination. Daniel Kingston threatened SCSA President Richard Windmann with the New Orleans Mafia if he released the audio recordings to journalists David Hammer and Ramon Vargas.

'We can win': New Orleans clergy abuse survivor secures settlement

Settlement closes books on case that produced criminal conviction - and allegations of attempted hush money coverup