Victims coming forward in Florida's Catholic church investigation

By Jake Stofan, 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - Victims are already coming forward just 24 hours after Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the state's investigation into sexual abuse of children by the Catholic church.

A Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August identified 301 Catholic priests, including at least 14 with ties to Florida, who sexually abused what is believed to be more than 1,000 children spanning decades.

“I couldn't sleep that night,” said Bondi in a press conference Thursday.

Now, Attorney General Bondi says the state is investigating Florida’s seven dioceses.

“We have reason to believe there are similar stories in Florida,” said Bondi.

More than 15 victims had come forward before the investigation was announced.

The state says more have come forward since, but aren't . . . 

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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-10-08 13:43:59 -0500
    I live in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, PA. Reading this article and others here, I conclude that our diocese hid these predators in Missouri and Florida, and perhaps other parts of the US. In the AJD none of these predators have been adjudicated, let alone incarcerated. Two committed suicide to avoid litigation. Prominent community leaders collaborated w/ Church officials to cover-up these crimes.

    I divorced the Church over these crimes and provide clinical consultation to 4 men in my area who were repeatedly assaulted as kids.
    Rich, MSW

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