Missouri AG Refers 12 Ex-Priests For Prosecution Of Suspected Sexual Abuse
Added 09-14-19 12:06:02am EST - “An investigation that looked back to 1945 identified 163 cases of abuse. However, many of the alleged offenders are now dead or the statute of limitations on their alleged crimes has passed.” - Npr.org
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Eric Schmitt speaks to reporters after being appointed as Missouri's attorney general by Gov. Mike Parson Nov. 18, 2018, at the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. David A. Lieb/AP hide caption
Eric Schmitt speaks to reporters after being appointed as Missouri's attorney general by Gov. Mike Parson Nov. 18, 2018, at the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Friday he is referring 12 former priests for criminal prosecution on charges of sexual abuse of minors following a 13-month-long investigation of church personnel records dating back almost 75 years.
The investigation, detailed in a 329-page report, covered more than 2,000 priests who have served in Missouri since 1945, and included some 300 deacons, seminarians and religious women in that state's four dioceses. The investigators also spoke with survivors of clergy abuse and their families.
The inquiry found "credible allegations of 163 instances of sexual abuse or misconduct by Catholic diocesan priests and deacons against minors." Of those, 83 have died. The statute of limitations has run out on 46 crimes allegedly committed by the 80 who are still alive, Schmitt said in a St. Louis news conference.
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