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Victim’s parents charge St. Louis archbishop tampered with evidence of abuse

Catholic World News - July 18, 2013

Archbishop Robert Carlson is charged with tampering with evidence of sexual abuse, in a lawsuit brought by the parents of the alleged victim.

The parents of a young teenage girl, who say that a priest of the archdiocese has admitted to molesting their daughter, charge in their lawsuit that Archbishop Carlson failed to supervise the priest’s activities.

More specifically, the parents say that the priest left a check for $20,000 with the family—presumably to buy their silence—and Archbishop Carlson asked them to return the check. The lawsuit says that the check was evidence pertinent to the case.

Lawyers for the archdiocese declined to comment on the case except to say that Archbishop Carlson is innocent of the charges.

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  • Posted by: Contrary1995 - Jul. 19, 2013 11:20 AM ET USA

    I do believe the archbishop. How is asking for the return of a check tampering with evidence? Did he snatch the parents' checkbook? The parents want the $$$ and are using this as a device to drag the archbishop into the settlement.

  • Posted by: opraem - Jul. 18, 2013 9:15 PM ET USA

    why don't i believe the archbishop?

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