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Report details 70 years of sexual abuse by Colorado clergy

Oct. 23, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — At least 166 Colorado children were sexually abused by 43 Roman Catholic priests over 70 years, and it took the church an average of nearly 20 years to act against clergy credibly accused of abuse, according to a report released Wednesday by Colorado's attorney general. The findings of the...

Alabama man pleads guilty to manslaughter in party shooting

Oct. 22, 2019 4:24 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A 20-year-old Alabama man accused of shooting a friend to death at a pool party last year has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The Dothan Eagle reports Fisher Corbin Shipes entered his plea Monday. A Houston County grand jury indicted him in September 2018 in the death of 19-year-old...

Grand jury declines to indict monsignor in consent case

Oct. 21, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas grand jury has declined to indict the onetime deputy to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on charges he sexually assaulted a married woman in a case that raised questions about consent in the #MeToo era. The Harris County District Attorney's Office had presented the case against Monsignor...

Priest pleads guilty again to sexually abusing children

Oct. 21, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina Episcopal priest who was previously imprisoned for child sexual abuse has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexually abusing children in a different case. WLOS-TV reports 78-year-old Howard White Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of second-degree...

Diocese removes priest who admitted contact with minor

Oct. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia priest has been removed from his parish after the Catholic Diocese of Arlington says he admitted to sexual contact with a minor. Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge said in a letter written over the weekend that Christopher Mould is no longer pastor of St. Andrew the...

Judge OKs $40M settlement with Duluth diocese

Oct. 21, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $40 million settlement between the Diocese of Duluth and dozens of people who say they were abused as children by priests. Judge Robert Kressel signed off on the settlement Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and...

Boise priest defrocked after child pornography conviction

Oct. 21, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Vatican has defrocked an Idaho priest who was convicted of possessing violent and extreme child pornography last year. The Idaho Statesman reports the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise announced Saturday that W. Thomas Faucher was laicized. The decision means the church has stripped...

Guam clergy sex abuse survivors may receive payments in 2020

Oct. 21, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's clergy sex abuse survivors could begin receiving compensation from the Catholic Archdiocese of Agana in the first half of 2020, officials said. A federal judge has given the archdiocese more time to calculate payment amounts to nearly 280 clergy sex abuse survivors and other...

Report: Diocese of Lansing mishandled 1990 sexual abuse case

Oct. 18, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing says an independent investigator determined that the diocese failed to investigate allegations that a priest had sexually assaulted a man at a boxing training camp decades ago. The diocese on Thursday released the findings of an independent...

Latter-day Saint bishop arrested in child-pornography case

Oct. 17, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) — A bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is under arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Police say 61-year-old Timothy James Hallows of Kaysville is being held on suspicion of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He is being held without...