Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Dayton grand jury seeks priest records

By Dan Horn,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A grand jury in Dayton, Ohio, demanded Archdiocese of Cincinnati church records Tuesday about sexual abuse allegations against priests.

        Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. said he sought the grand jury subpoena because he wanted to find out whether priests in the Dayton area had been accused of misconduct.

        A similar subpoena was issued earlier this month in Hamilton County, where prosecutors have sparred in recent weeks with church officials over which records should be turned over.

        The Archdiocese of Cincinnati covers 19 counties in southern Ohio.

        The investigations stem from the disclosure last month that “fewer than five” priests accused of sexual misconduct remain in priestly roles.

        Lawyers for the archdiocese say they will comply with Montgomery County's request as soon as possible.

        One of the lawyers, Mark VanderLaan, said he had spoken with Mr. Heck about the records.

        “We were waiting for them to decide what they wanted to see,” Mr. VanderLaan said. “I think we have a very sound understanding with Montgomery County.”

        Mr. Heck said he was unaware of any specific allegations against Dayton priests. But he said he intends to review 25 years of records.

        “They are more than willing to cooperate,” Mr. Heck said of the archdiocese.

        Hamilton County authorities also talked of cooperation a few weeks ago, but that ended abruptly last week when Prosecutor Mike Allen said the church was playing “hide the evidence.”

       The Associated Press contributed.

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