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May
09
2012
Article: | 12:07 PM          
Huff Post: Rev. Raju Policetti, One Of 32 Catholic Priests Who Have Fled Country To Avoid Prosecution

At least 32 Roman Catholic priests have fled the country to avoid prosecution since 1985 and only five have returned to face trial, reports the Chicago Tribune.Most of the priests that left were wanted for such serious accusations as alleged sexual abuse or assault charges, yet the courts have proven ineffective at extraditing the clerics in a timely matter. At times the process of extradition has taken so long that prosecutions have dropped the case entirely. (Read The Full Story In The Chicago Tribute)One glaring example is the case of Rev. Raju Policetti, a priest who fled to India in 2002 ...

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Apr
26
2012
Article: Bryan Fitzgerald | 9:17 AM          
Timesunion.com: Couple: Priest abused sons for years

ALBANY — The parents and a younger sister of two victims of alleged sexual abuse by a Greene County priest railed against the church Tuesday afternoon. Standing on a sidewalk a few hundred feet from the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese offices on North Main Avenue, the family detailed the painful fallout from what they say was decades of abuse.With their arms around each other's shoulders, Ivan Morales Sr. and his wife, Carol Morales, spoke about their sons, Ivan Jr. and Martin, and how they say Rev. Jeremiah Nunan slowly lured each of them into a web of abuse that lasted for years.The Morales' 2...

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Apr
18
2012
Article: | 3:10 PM          
CBS: LA Archdiocese Sued For Alleged Abuse Cover-Up

A group comprised of child sexual abuse victims and their supporters alleged on Wednesday that officials with the Los Angeles Archdiocese tried to cover up allegations that a former staffer had abused and videotaped a Catholic high school student.KNX 1070's Vytas Safronikas reports John Malburg was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2009 after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a male student and videotaping another one for commercial purposes.Malburg, 43, was dean of students at now-closed Daniel Murphy Catholic High, which was closed by the Archdiocese in 2007 in an...

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Documents: | 1:14 PM          
Press Release: Los Angeles man sues prominent Catholic school administrator John Malburg, his family and LA Archdiocese

A former student of prominent Los Angeles teacher and administrator John Malburg has filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by Malburg in 2006 and that the school and it’s superiors in the Los Angeles Archdiocese were negligent and could have prevented the sexual abuse.

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Documents: | 1:08 PM          
Complaint: John Doe TD v. John Malburg, Daniel Murphy and Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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Apr
17
2012
Article: | 5:00 PM          
Huffington Post: How The Justice System Fails Victims Of Child Abuse

The disturbing issues surrounding child abuse and what happens to those who report it is a particularly poignant topic given that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and a trial for former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky on fifty-two counts of abuse is fast approaching.As journalists who have collectively spent eighty years in the trenches of the court system and beyond, we've repeatedly watched young children tell stories of horrible abuse from the witness stand. In all likelihood, those who accused Sandusky will also face intense questioning whe...

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Apr
16
2012
Article: Bryan Fitzgerald | 10:00 AM          
Timesunion.com: Priest faces new claims

ALBANY — A 74-year-old Greene County priest cleared six years ago of allegations that he sexually abused a minor has been placed on administrative leave as new claims of abuse are investigated, the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese said Saturday.The Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Cairo and Our Lady of Knock Mission in East Durham, will be barred from officiating at any sacraments, wearing clerical garb or presenting himself as a priest, according to a statement from the diocese. The action was scheduled to be announced at weekend Masses at the two parishes.The diocese acted ...

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Article: JESSE McKINLEY | 9:54 AM          
The New York Times: Coaches Face New Scrutiny on Sex Abuse

The case of Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for Penn State’s football team accused of child sexual abuse, is now working its way through the courts. But it is already having an impact on thousands of other coaches, both volunteer and paid, who find themselves facing new scrutiny from parents, sports organizations and even state legislators. Since the Penn State scandal came to light in November...

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Apr
08
2012
Article: Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times | 11:20 AM          
The Washington Times: Child abuse shames and silences victims

The child sex-abuse accusations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky are staggering and yet familiar.Mr. Sandusky, the founder of the Second Mile charity for troubled boys, generously brought them to football games and treated them to food, clothes and gifts, eight men told a grand jury. He also fondled them or exposed himself or had sex with them, they testified.One might think it would be easy to prosecute such accusations made by men, now in their late teens or 20s, who tell remarkably similar stories. But federal data show that less than half of suspects in chi...

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Apr
06
2012
Article: TONY RIZZO | 9:41 AM          
The Kansas City Star: Jackson County trial against bishop, Catholic diocese to proceed

The criminal case against Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will proceed to trial, a Jackson County judge ruled Thursday.Circuit Judge John Torrence denied defense motions seeking to dismiss the misdemeanor charges that stemmed from the handling of suspected child sex abuse allegations against the Rev. Shawn Ratigan.

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