Sunday, December 8, 2002

Grand jury won't probe Columbus Diocese



The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Unlike in Cleveland and Cincinnati, where grand juries have investigated allegations of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests, officials here see no need to convene a panel to review the Columbus Diocese.

Bishop James Griffin warned his clergy more than 10 years ago that allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests would be referred to authorities. During his tenure, two priests and one Catholic schoolteacher have been convicted of sexually abusing minors.

"From the public disclosures in Boston, Cincinnati and Cleveland, what we discovered here was entirely and completely different," Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said.

"We found that the degree or number of reported incidents in at least the last 10 to 12 years were very few."




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