Mis­souri dio­cese in­quiry names 33 priests, broth­ers

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Thirty-three priests or re­li­gious broth­ers in the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Jef­fer­son City, Mis­souri, have been “cred­i­bly ac­cused” and/or re­moved from the min­istry over sex­ual abuse of mi­nors, the bishop of the cen­tral Mis­souri dio­cese said Thurs­day.

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight re­leased the list, fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion that be­gan in Fe­bru­ary.

Four­teen of the 33 men named are dead. Many are el­derly. The dio­cese said the most re­cent case of phys­i­cal sex­ual abuse found in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion oc­curred in 1997. Only one man on the list was crim­i­nally con­victed.

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