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Retired priest facing charges

By SEAN SAURO, July 29, 2017, Altoona Mirror

Cain, who has ties to SFU, accused of misconduct with teen

A retired Catholic priest with ties to Saint Francis University turned himself in to police Wednesday in Fairfax County, Va., where he is accused of having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Gervase Cain, 86, a retired priest living in Loretto, has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child for an alleged 2003 incident.

In 2003, Cain — then 72 years old — allegedly touched a 15-year-old girl inappropriately during a “consultation” at her Fairfax home, according to a Fairfax County Police news release.

The incident was first reported to police in 2004, but the complaint was later withdrawn, police said.

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Clinicians let pedophile priest walk without in-person meet

By Bob McGovern, July 29, 2017, Boston Herald

‘He does not meet the criteria’

The two state-contracted psychologists who determined that convicted child rapist and former Catholic priest Paul Shanley did not need to be civilly confined never looked into the aging predator’s eyes.

State law doesn’t require it, and a former top prosecutor says potentially sexually dangerous people should be required to speak to the clinicians who will determine whether they are still a threat to themselves and society.

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THE LATEST: TOWN POLICE HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH SEX OFFENDERS

Associated Press, July 28, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) -- The Latest on the release from prison of a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of child rape (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Police in the town where a notorious figure in the Boston Roman Catholic priest child abuse scandal is expected to live have plenty of experience with sex offenders.

Paul Shanley was released Friday from prison after spending 12 years behind bars on a child rape conviction. The state's sex offender registry shows Shanley is the 20th Level 3 sex offender to move to Ware. Level 3 offenders are considered the most likely to re-offend.

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US, BRAZIL INVESTIGATE SECT ACCUSED OF ABUSE, TRAFFICKING

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Notorious Pedophile Priest Shanley to Leave Prison This Week

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All roads lead to William St: World awaits Cardinal George Pell's day in court

By Adam Cooper, Sydney Morning Herald, July 24, 2017

He is one of the highest ranking officials in the Catholic Church, but Cardinal George Pell could find himself rubbing shoulders with drink-drivers, drug users and other accused criminals when he attends court for the first time to answer to historical sex charges.

Melbourne Magistrates Court maintains it will take a business as usual approach to the high-profile case, which means Cardinal Pell could join the queue of accused criminals, solicitors and police waiting to get into the court on Wednesday morning.

 

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‘Wake up the Pope': The North Texas verdict that shook the Catholic Church two decades ago

Bruce Tomaso, The Texas Lawbook, WFAA.com, July 23, 2017

TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, AN EXTRAORDINARY TRIAL TOOK PLACE IN A DALLAS COUNTY COURT. IT PITTED 10 YOUNG MEN AND THE FAMILY OF ANOTHER AGAINST THE DALLAS CATHOLIC DIOCESE. THIS SPECIAL REPORT TELLS THE STORY OF THE TRIAL OF RUDY KOS, A REMARKABLE AND HISTORIC TALE OF COURTROOM JUSTICE.

A dozen jurors walked into a Dallas courtroom two decades ago to deliver their verdict. For more than two months, they listened to graphic, horrifying testimony about a pedophile priest who preyed on young boys for years.

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No statute of limitations on horror of sex abuse

By Diane Dimond, Crime and Justice. Albuquerque Journal, July 22nd, 2017 

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert cut a pitiful figure this week as he left a federal prison in Minnesota and his wheelchair stuck on a bump in the sidewalk. His wife, fumbling at his side trying to manage his aluminum walker and other items, wasn’t immediately able to help him over the hurdle. The just-released prisoner was momentarily stuck. Pathetic for a man who was once second in line to the presidency of the United States.

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Lawsuit accuses O.C. priest of sexually assaulting his assistant at Irvine church

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2017

A senior Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Orange sexually assaulted and harassed a female church employee last year at a prominent Irvine parish where he was placed despite a similar prior accusation, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman.

Father Alex Kim is accused by his former assistant of sexually assaulting her several times at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. She alleged in the suit that she felt compelled to take a leave of absence to avoid his attacks.

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Pope Benedict XVI's brother implicated in abuse scandal

July 19, 2017, LaCroix International

At least 547 children were the victims of physical and sexual violence in the Domspatzen Choir at the Regensburg cathedral in Germany between 1945 and 1995. After two years of public inquiry, a final report requested by the diocese has been made public.

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