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Chickie, the cops!
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California: Detectives Examining Church Documents
Published: February 5, 2013
The Los Angeles Police Department is examining thousands of pages of newly released church files detailing decades of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests to determine if any new criminal charges could be brought, officials said Tuesday. Much of the focus will be looking for new information on priests who were previously investigated, the police said. But detectives will also try to determine if there is any evidence of criminal activity by top church officials, like failure to report abuse to law enforcement. It is unclear how many of the cases are within the statute of limitations, said Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a spokesman for the Police Department. Clergy members were not legally required to report child abuse until 1997. Last week, facing a court order, the Los Angeles Archdiocese released the files on 122 priests accused of sexually abusing children as part of a record $660 million settlement.
A version of this brief appeared in print on February 6, 2013, on page A17 of the New York edition with the headline: California: Detectives Examining Church Documents.