California: Detectives Examining Church Documents


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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.

    3 Responses to “California: Detectives Examining Church Documents”

  1. ClevelandGirl Says:

    Again, can the years-long court battle to not release the documents and other legal wrangling itself be seen as obstruction of justice, conspiracy, complicity, cover up, etc.? This would be an *ongoing* conspiracy to obstruct justice, *current*, and should not be in theory outside of the statute of limitations.

    Any confirmation of this? Or am I just wishful thinking?

  2. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    I think that police departments would do well to hire SNAP leaders as consultants when studying church documents.

  3. Thomas Says:

    I agree…SNAP are the experts…they can point the police into the right direction. The lawyers for the Church have already screened and manipulated documents.

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