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THE bishop of Portsmouth has agreed to pay a six-figure sum to a former choirboy who suffered abuse from a priest.

The victim has been awarded a £200,000 settlement from the Church of England to cover his loss of earnings and treatment for the psychological trauma that will affect him forever.

The man suffered abuse from Father Maxwell Halahan at St Faith’s Church in Cowes, Isle Of Wight, in the 1970s.

He instructed expert child abuse lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help him in a battle for justice and as he seeks to overcome the ordeal.

The victim, now in his 40s, joined the choir when he was eight years old and within a month Halahan began regularly sexually abusing him for five years.

Halahan then suddenly left the church.

The victim reported the crime to the police in 2010.

Halahan was found guilty and was jailed for three years.

The victim said the settlement and verdict can finally give him closure, and the ability to move on with his life.