REPORT: 43 Priests Sexually Abused at Least 166 Children in Colorado over past 70 years Investigation Shows

Another disgusting report of sexual predators and child sexual abuse in America, again from people that you’re supposed to trust.

At least 166 children were sexually abused by 43 Catholic priests in Colorado over the past 70 years, and more than half of those children were abused after the state’s three dioceses knew the priests were abusers, a state investigation found.

On average, it took the dioceses more than 19 years to restrict an abusive priest’s authority after receiving an allegation that he had sexually abused children, and seven abusive priests never faced any restrictions, according to a damning report published Wednesday by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

The report details eight months of investigation by a former federal prosecutor and is the most in-depth accounting to-date of clergy sex abuse in the state. The report’s author, former Colorado U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer blasted the dioceses for poor record keeping, ineffective reporting systems and a culture that suppressed allegations and created a danger to children.

While the investigator found no allegations of abuse that happened after 1998, Troyer said it was impossible to know whether abuse was still happening because the dioceses’ records were flawed and incomplete.

“Arguably the most urgent question asked of our work is this: are there Colorado priests currently in ministry who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children?” Troyer wrote in the 263-page report. “The direct answer is only partially satisfying: we know of none, but we also know we cannot be positive there are none.”

You can read more from our friends at The Denver Post.

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Vickie Brown
Vickie Brown
2 years ago

Knowing what we know now, why would you leave your child alone with a priest? Ant Priest!