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Crookston bishop and longtime Winona priest allegedly covered up sexual abuse

By Kyle Farris, Winona Daily News, May 9, 2017

Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who spent 42 years as a priest in the Diocese of Winona, has been accused of covering up a decades-old case of child sexual abuse, and of blackmailing the accuser into keeping the claims to himself.

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed In Canada Against Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

CBS Philly, May 8, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The scene of the crime, they say, was Ontario, Canada.

It was 1968.

A Philadelphia area teen and his parish priest had taken a camping trip. It’s claimed it was anything but innocent.

And 49 years later, Paul Eberz, of Freehold, New Jersey, has come out from the shadows to talk about the sexual abuse he says he endured in Canada.

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Ex-Pine Bush priest in alleged sex-abuse case rips archdiocese’s internal politics

By Amanda Spadaro, Times Herald-Record, May 7, 2017

HAMLET OF WALLKILL - Former priest Kevin Gallagher knows he betrayed his parishioners and violated his vows.

Was it wrong to have sex with a young man? Yes, he says.

Should that have disqualified him from remaining a priest? He doesn’t think so.

In March, Gallagher, 65, was officially laicized, or removed from the clergy. He had been suspended from serving as a priest since January 2015.

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Clergy-abuse survivor feels she cannot ignore the headlines

By Mary Dispenza, May 5, 2017, The Seattle Times

MY silence has been disturbing me. It’s a familiar reaction for survivors like me. But I can’t keep silent any longer. Silence keeps things in darkness and prevents us from seeing clearly in the light of day.

I don’t have the right to speak for or against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray or the man, Delvonn Heckard, who has accused the mayor of raping him as a teen. Nor do I want to.

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Longtime Catholic educator accused of abuse in South Boston

By Jordan Frias, May 5, 2017, Sparechangenews

After working in Catholic education for nearly 40 years, Paul Doty, a former principal and educator of three religious schools in Boston, has been accused of sexual abuse by five men from South Boston.

According to attorney Mitchell Garabedian, the attorney representing the five men, the alleged abuse by Doty occurred while he was principal of the former St. Augustine’s School from 1986 to 1996, when his accusers were between the ages of seven and 14.

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Texas deacon charged with sexually assaulting 2 young boys, police suspect more victims

By CNN NEWSOURCE, May 4th 2017, NEWS4SA.com

Court documents provide sickening details of sexual assaults allegedly carried out by 55-year-old Barry Durrell, a volunteer and an ordained deacon at a Houston church.

Police say the victims in the complaint -- two boys, ages two and seven -- are likely not the only child victims.

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Ex-Los Banos priest charged in child porn case in Merced County — again

By Rob Parsons, May 04, 2017, The Fresno Bee

Less than six months after he was released from jail on a child pornography conviction, the former lead priest of a Los Banos Catholic parish faces new charges.

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Boy Scouts Files Show Why Child Molesters Weren’t Stopped

By Gaby del Valle, Kelly Weill, May 3, 2017, The Daily Beast

In June 1979, Rex Black, an Idaho supervisor for the Boy Scouts of America, sent a letter to his supervisor. A child had accused Scout leader James Schmidt of multiple instances of sexual abuse, and Black reported he had confronted Schmidt about the allegations. Schmidt claimed innocence and was allowed to continue working with children.

In 1983, Schmidt was convicted of lewd conduct with a minor.

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Child molester preacher rejects plea deal in second sex crime case

By Michaelangelo Conte, May 02, 2017, The Jersey Journal

A North Hudson preacher and self-proclaimed exorcist who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy rejected a plea deal yesterday on another sex crime charge.

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Senator Don Meredith Harassed, Sexually Abused Staff For Years, Say Former Aides

by Zi-Ann Lum, April 30, 2017, Huffington Post

Two sets of doors were always closed before Sen. Don Meredith felt comfortable starting any meeting in his office across Parliament Hill. The first leads to a shared hallway, the second to Meredith's desk. Shutting them both seemed to give him a sense of privacy and control.Staff members found it bizarre, but they did what their boss asked. “Constant paranoia” was a running theme in the office, one former female aide said. Behind those doors, they claim, the senator began inappropriately touching his female employees. 

 

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