sexual abuse

Editorial | The #metoo campaign

Sometimes it takes just one case to blow the lid off a long-fermenting scandal.

Hollywood has seen the opening of a scandal of sexual abuse and cover-ups, with the primary impetus being the recent revelations concerning movie executive Harvey Weinstein, one of the film industry's most powerful men.

St. Louis priest charged with possession of child pornography

Father William F. Vatterott was indicted April 24 with possession of child pornography.

A federal grand jury returned the indictment April 24, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri. Father Vatterott, 36, was charged with possession of child pornography between June 2010 and June 2011. He is expected to appear in federal court in the next week.  

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan noted that the St. Louis Archdiocese cooperated with the investigation.

Milwaukee archdiocese to release clergy abuse records

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced April 3 that it will publicly release approximately 3,000 pages of documents that contain details about clergy sexual abuse and will post them to the archdiocesan website by July 1.

Judge orders L.A. archdiocese must reveal names in personnel file release

LOS ANGELES -- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles must reveal the names of Church officials included in 30,000 pages of personnel files that will be released with information related to allegations of child sexual abuse by Church employees, a Superior Court judge ruled Jan. 7.

The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times reported that Judge Emilie H. Elias reversed a previous ruling by a retired federal judge who had said that material to be released should have names redacted to prevent the documents' use to "embarrass or ridicule the Church."

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