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Prosecutors were warned of abuse in Altoona diocese

March 11, 2016

Three prosecutors in Pennsylvania were warned about widespread sexual abuse in the Altoona diocese as far back as 2002, but did not take action, a local news outlet has learned.

The news report-- coming a week after the release of a grand-jury report denouncing the failure of diocesan leaders to address abuse complaints-- suggests that law-enforcement officials may also have been guilty of neglecting the problem.

In September 2002, a local attorney wrote to prosecutors, charging that abuse was unchecked and naming ten priests who were allegedly involved. The attorney reports that he never received any response to his letters.

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  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 12, 2016 12:37 PM ET USA

    While the government was clearly negligent, the Diocese had both a moral and legal obligation to stop the abuse. Another chapter is written about "Why the U.S. Catholic Church no longer matters!"