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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A national group of victims of sexual abuse by priests protested outside the headquarters of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday.

The demonstrators spoke out against the new panel the archdiocese has created, to investigate abuse allegations.

One of those speaking out was Dale Scheffler. In the mid-90s, a civil jury found the Rev. Robert Kapoun had molested Scheffler when he was a boy.

Scheffler said the panel will just allow the Archdiocese to cover up abuse allegations.

The verdict against Kapoun was later overturned because the statute of limitations had run out.

In addition to the panel created by the archdiocese, a criminal investigation by St. Paul police is underway.

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