Accused priests now working as teachers, fostering kids
Priests, deacons and monks now teach middle-school math, counsel survivors of sexual assault, work as nurses and volunteer at NGOs helping at-risk kids
Washington: Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the abuse scandal roiled US dioceses, a probe by AP has found. These priests, deacons and monks now teach middle-school math, counsel survivors of sexual assault, work as nurses and volunteer at NGOs helping at-risk kids. They live next to playgrounds and day care centers. They foster and care for kids.
And, since leaving the church, dozens have committed crimes, including sexual assault and possessing child porn. Names of over 5,100 clergy members were revealed, of which AP researched 2,000 who are alive. Apart from 1,700, 76 couldn’t be located and the rest were found to be under some kind of supervision.
No. of priests, clergymen living under radar with no oversight
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