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Verdict reached in Morning Star trial

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A jury has ruled in favor of a Spokane boys' home and against a man who said he had been sexually abused more than 20 years ago.
     
The Spokane County Superior Court jury found Friday that the Morning Star Boys' Ranch is not negligent and no damages will be awarded to Kenneth Putnam. His was the first of 19 lawsuits against the residential home for troubled boys.
     
Putnam was a resident in 1988 and 1989 and claimed the ranch's director at the time, Father Joe Weitensteiner, and a counselor molested him. The jury heard from five witnesses who said they, too, were abused.

The Morning Star lawyer said those claiming abuse were merely seeking money.

Stay with KHQ.com and tune in to KHQ Local News at 5 and 6 for more information following today's verdict.

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