NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of New Ulm is defending its record, one day after a plaintiff’s attorney released the names of eight priests whom he alleged had been “credibly accused” of molesting minors.
The diocese said Tuesday the eight men were identified in a deposition that was part of a civil lawsuit against it. The diocese says seven of the priests are dead, and the eighth left the priesthood more than 30 years ago.READ MORE: Scandia Man Charged In Overdose Death Of Chisago County Jail Inmate
The Associated Press isn’t identifying the men because it wasn’t immediately clear whether they’d ever faced criminal charges.READ MORE: MISSING: Dustin Sundin Last Seen In NW Minnesota
The diocese says it deeply regrets the “long-lasting and devastating effects of sexual misconduct on the part of clergy.” It says officials have been working to strengthen its systems and procedures.
The names were released by attorney Jeff Anderson.MORE NEWS: 'We Cannot Let This Be A Tragic, Lost Opportunity': Ben Crump Urges Lawmakers Not To Give Up On George Floyd Justice In Policing Act
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