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First Catholic Church official convicted on sex abuse cover-up

First Catholic Church official convicted on sex abuse cover-up

As Maryclaire Dale reports for the Star Tribune, a landmark case arising out of the church sex abuse cases has just come down, and it involves the conviction of a monsignor who was said to have “enabled” priests to commit sex crimes.

The monsignor did not directly engage in any abuse, which is what makes this a landmark case. The conviction centered on a child endangerment charge, and his lawyers argued that he shouldn’t spend more time behind bars on child endangerment as someone who had been convicted of outright sex abuse.

Nonetheless, the judge said that the monsignor “enabled monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children, to whom you turned a hard heart,” as Dale reports.

On the other hand, the monsignor was said to have done what he could under the circumstances, going so far at first in drafting up a list of suspected priests, a list that a higher-ranking church official then ordered destroyed.

If you are facing a sex crime charge, don’t risk your future, contact a sex crimes lawyer in Maryland to protect your legal rights.

Source: Pa. monsignor gets 3 to 6 years; was 1st US church official branded felon for sex cover-up

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