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Hearing focuses on list of 33 accused priests

December 2, 2013
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it's prepared to release names of 30 priests accused of sexually abusing minors if it gets a court order.

The names include 29 priests on a 2004 list of priests deemed to have been credibly accused of abuse, plus one who had a substantiated claim leveled against him later.

That list actually includes 33 names. An archdiocese attorney says one is a member of a religious order and nothing shows he served in the archdiocese. The other three are priests for whom the archdiocese says the allegations can't be substantiated.

Former Hennepin County Attorney Tom Johnson is reviewing those three files to see if they should be released.

A hearing is under way before Ramsey County Judge John Van de North.



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