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Diocese of Steubenville releases list of priests accused of abuse

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The Diocese of Steubenville has released this morning the names of 16 priests and a seminarian who have been credibly accused or admitted to sexual abuse of a minor and removed from active ministry.

The list dates back to the beginning of the formation of the diocese in 1944, and most of the allegations involve cases from decades ago. Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton said by releasing these names, “It will help survivors of sexual abuse find the strength to come forward and these innocent victims can begin the process of healing. I pledge to do everything possible to protect our youth.”

The list of those credibly accused was developed with the assistance of the diocese’s Child Protection Review Board and the diocesan attorney. The diocese’s Child Protection Review Board, which was established to assist the bishop in complying with the requirements of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” is comprised of mostly laypeople, including civil legal professionals, counselors and its members, who assess all allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests, seminarians and deacons in this diocese.

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