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Milwaukee archdiocese alerted police in many abuse cases

Catholic World News - September 04, 2013

Documents released by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee show that Church officials reported sex-abuse complaints to local police in some cases, but prosecutors rarely pressed charged.

The archdiocesan files show that although Church leaders have been frequently criticized for failing to report abuse to civil authorities, many cases were reported. Among the 42 priests whose files were released in July, under the terms of an agreement in bankruptcy court, 28 were reported to local police or prosecutors. In 5 of the remaining cases, the victims were not willing to go to police, or the accused priests were deceased at the time the allegations were made.

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