Court Order Filed Against Diocese of Duluth

Asking to Make Public All Documents Regarding Child Sexual Abuse

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A new court order has been filed against the diocese of Duluth.

Attorneys representing a man who says he’s a survivor of clergy abuse, appeared in St. Louis County Court in Duluth Thursday. 

The person identified as Doe 28, asked a judge to release all documents and files regarding all clergy accused of child sexual abuse.

Doe 28 says he was abused by Father Robert Klein, who was assigned to The Sacred Heart Church in Duluth, in the 70s.

The hope is the documents will provide a clearer picture of the diocese’s practices regarding abusive priests.

“Those are things that show what the bishops knew, when they knew it, and how they concealed and covered up child sex abuse for years,” said Mike Finnegan, the Prosecuting Attorney on the case. “Those are things that the public has never seen, and until the public gets those, kids in this community are at risk.”

The defense argues this litigation is a narrow issue, and releasing all these documents to the public isn’t necessary.

 

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