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NBC News

Church Youth Coordinator Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault on Teen

March 3, 2016 | By Paolo Uggetti

A youth leader at Saint Francis of Assisi church in Fillmore was arrested Monday on one felony count of lewd and lascivious acts on a teen girl after a four-month investigation by Ventura detectives.

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Orange County Register

Final Catholic misconduct files reveal new sexual assault allegations, including at Anaheim's Servite High

May 02, 2015 | By TONY SAAVEDRA AND DEEPA BHARATH / STAFF WRITERS

The last of the internal misconduct files on Roman Catholic clergy in Southern California were released Friday, offering new allegations of extensive sexual assaults in Orange County’s Servite community.

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Los Angeles Times

Former teacher pleads guilty to molesting special-ed students

July 29, 2014 | By DEBBIE TRUONG

A former elementary school teacher in Monterey Park has pleaded guilty to sexually molesting four special education students and now faces a lengthy prison term.

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Guampdn.com

Archbishop Apuron removes priest from public ministry

July 24, 2014 | Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

Archdiocese of Agana Archbishop Anthony Apuron announced just minutes ago he has removed Father John Wadeson from public ministry over community concerns that the priest faces sex abuse allegations in Los Angeles.

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Jeff Anderson & Associates Anthony DeMarco Lawfirm

Lawsuit: Former Vernon Mayor Leonis Malburg and wife liable for sex abuse

June, 24 2014

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Daily Journal

Ruling: Boy Scouts may have to turn over 20 years of files in sex abuse case

May 14, 2014 | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SANTA BARBARA, California — The Boy Scouts of America may have to turn over 20 years of old personnel files to a plaintiff in a sexual abuse lawsuit if a judge's tentative ruling becomes permanent later this week, according to court papers filed Wednesday.

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Time.com

What The Bryan Singer Scandal Says About Hollywood

May 5, 2014 | Kate Pickert

Allegations of a party scene involving hordes of barely legal young men and orchestrated by powerful gay men, like X-Men director Bryan Singer, who is accused of sexually abusing underage boys, has some declaring the infamous casting couch still exists

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Los Angeles Times

LAUSD quietly disbands Miramonte child-abuse investigative panel

May 6, 2014 | By HOWARD BLUME

The Los Angeles school district has quietly shut down a high-profile special investigative panel intended to review the Miramonte Elementary child-abuse case, citing its cost.

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CBS.com

Associate Pastor Arrested For Alleged Sex Abuse Against Female Parishioners

September 19, 2013

By CBSLA.com

NORWALK (CBSLA.com) — An associate pastor at a Norwalk church was being held on $2 million bail Thursday after he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting female parishioners, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

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NBC News

LAUSD Admits It Destroyed Documents Regarding Child Sex Abuse; New Revelations of Abuse by Teacher Berndt

May 1, 2014 | By John Cádiz Klemack

After nearly a week with no response to our inquiries about allegations the Los Angeles Unified School District destroyed documents that may have held key evidence in child abuse cases within the district, a spokesman admits the documents no longer exist.

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Kansas City Star

Los Angeles bishop kept altar boy list from police

Februaruy 19, 2014 | By GILLIAN FLACCUS

LOS ANGELES — When Los Angeles police were investigating allegations of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest in 1988, they asked for a list of altar boys at the last parish where the priest worked.

Archbishop Roger Mahony told a subordinate not to give the list, saying he didn't want the boys to be scarred by the investigation and that he felt the altar boys were too old to be potential victims, according to a February 2013 deposition made public Wednesday.

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Los Angeles Times

L.A. Archdiocese settles final priest abuse case for $13 million

Februaruy 19, 2014 | By Victoria Kim

The Los Angeles Archdiocese has settled what officials said is the last of its pending priest molestation lawsuits, bring to a close a decade of wrenching abuse litigation that cost the Catholic Church more than $740 million.

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Jeff Anderson & Associates Anthony DeMarco Lawfirm

Media Advisory: Archdiocese of LA, 17 Sexual Abuse Survivors, Reach Landmark Settlement

February, 18 2014

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lohud.com

$16M settlement OK'd between New Rochelle's Christian Brothers, sex abuse victims

January 13, 2014 | By Erik Shilling

A federal judge has approved a $16 million settlement brokered between sex-abuse victims and the New Rochelle-based Christian Brothers Institute.

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NBC Bay Area

Lawsuit Alleges Los Angeles Teacher Sexually Abused Up to 15 Children

September 20, 2013 | Chris Roberts

A former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher accused of molesting students is denying the allegations laid out in a new lawsuit against the school district.

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CBS.com

Associate Pastor Arrested For Alleged Sex Abuse Against Female Parishioners

September 19, 2013

By CBSLA.com

NORWALK (CBSLA.com) — An associate pastor at a Norwalk church was being held on $2 million bail Thursday after he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting female parishioners, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

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The HUffington Post

LAUSD Settles Miramonte Claims With $27 Million Payout To Dozens Of Children

September 17, 2013 | By Barbara Jones

Los Angeles Unified has paid out more than $27 million to settle claims by nearly five dozen children who allege they were molested by former Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt, the district announced Tuesday.

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Reuters.com

California diocese weighs bankruptcy over sex-abuse claims

Septemeber 13, 2013

By Ronnie Cohen

The diocese, comprising 250,000 parishioners from California's Central Valley, is in line to become the 10th U.S. Catholic district to file for Chapter 11 reorganization under the weight of child molestation cases against priests.

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Bill opening window for sex-abuse suits passes

September 8, 2013 | The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- State legislators have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a hotly debated bill that would open a one-year window of opportunity for victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue religious organizations and other private or nonprofit groups that employed their abusers.

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Uriel Ojeda to join few Catholic clergy in California prisons for child sex abuse

August 17, 2013 | Cynthia Hubert

Some time during the next week or so, the Rev. Uriel Ojeda will leave Sacramento County's Main Jail and join other inmates for a long bus ride to state prison.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/

California priest sentenced to eight years in jail for molesting 13-year-old girl

August 2, 2013 | David Knowles / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Not all Catholic priests who abuse minors escape justice.

A California superior court judge sentenced Father Uriel Ojeda, 33, to eight years in state prison on Friday for molesting a teenage girl multiple times.

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Los Angeles Times

Catholic Church lobbies to avert sex abuse lawsuits

July 15, 2013 | By Ashley Powers

At the height of the clergy sex-abuse scandal in 2002, Catholic leaders stayed silent as California lawmakers passed a landmark bill that gave hundreds of accusers extra time to file civil lawsuits. The consequences were costly.

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http://www.rgj.com/

Southern California school lagged in reporting sex abuse to police

July 6, 2013 | Associated Press

REDLANDS, CALIF. — Southern California school district officials were slow to tell police that a teacher was suspected of sexually abusing a student, who allegedly gave birth to the 16-year-old boy’s child last month.

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Bishop's messenger says he wasn't Ojeda's 'confessor'

June 26, 2013 | Andy Furillo

The priest said it was all about business the day he went to Redding with a private eye to see another priest who had been accused of child molestation.

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Recordnet.com

Diocese says finances for churches, schools safe

June 07, 2012 | Jennie Rodriguez-Moore

STOCKTON - Bishop Stephen Blaire said Thursday that, despite a potential bankruptcy by the Diocese of Stockton, churches and schools under its umbrella would not be financially impacted.

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NBC Bay Area

Man Who Punched Abusing Priest Seeks Change to Molesting Laws

June 6, 2013 | Chris Roberts

Will Lynch admits he punched the priest he accused of molesting him as a child decades ago. And now he's launching another campaign against child molesters.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Calif. diocese to pay $1.75M to settle abuse case

June 6, 2013 | By MIHIR ZAVERI, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in California has reached a $1.75 million settlement with a man who claims he was sexually abused by a priest who spoke openly in a 2006 documentary about molesting children, the diocese said.

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Jeff Anderson & Associates

Press Release: Settlement in excess of $16.5 Million Reached in Irish Christian Brothers Sexual Abuse Bankruptcy

May 23, 2013

(White Plains, NY) The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc. have approved the terms and conditions of a consensual reorganization plan in the Chapter 11 cases of The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc.

Press Release

San Francisco Chronicle

LA archdiocese wants key clergy abuse suit tossed

May 13, 2013 | By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles wants a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was molested by a foreign priest who remains a fugitive 25 years after fleeing to his native Mexico.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/

Headmaster: OK child-abuse bill

May 13, 2012 | Michael O’keefe / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Horace Mann's headmaster says he supports a bill that might open the scandal-stained school to lawsuits by sex abuse victims.

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http://www.ocweekly.com/

Joelle Casteix, Prominent Local Catholic Church Sex-Abuse Survivor, Stars in National Campaign for Child Victim Act

May 7, 2013

By Matt Coker

A lead attorney in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse case that broke in Los Angeles last year has turned his attention to the Orange County Social Services Agency. Brian Claypool accuses the agency's Child Protective Services (CPS) workers of "aiding and abetting the commission of child abuse and child endangerment."

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Daily News

LAUSD reassigns Wilmington principal, 3 other administrators

April 26, 2013 | By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer

Four senior Los Angeles Unified officials, including at least one whose name surfaced in connection with a molestation case at George De La Torre Elementary School in Wilmington, have been removed from their positions pending an internal investigation into "a confidential personnel matter," a district spokesman said Thursday.

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National Catholic reporter

Archives reveal LA cardinal's attempts to head off John Jay investigation

April 23, 2013

By Tom Roberts

In 2003, with the country newly focused on the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church, a senior U.S. church leader attempted behind the scenes to head off the investigation of the crisis by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, disparaging the institution and its researchers as inadequate.

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CNN

Teens accused of posting pictures of sexual assault

April 12, 2013 | Mariano Castillo

(CNN) -- Three teenage California boys are facing charges of sexual battery in connection with the alleged rape of a girl who subsequently committed suicide, authorities said.

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Mercury News

Memo outlines employees' failure to report alleged sexual abuse at Lesher Center

April 1, 2013 | By Elisabeth Nardi /i>

WALNUT CREEK -- Top Lesher Center officials uncovered evidence of possible child sexual abuse by a city employee and then fired him, but never informed local police of the allegations, a law enforcement review has concluded.

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www.montereyherald.com

Former Palma teacher admits molesting student in 1980s

March 27, 2013 | VIRGINIA HENNESSEY Herald Staff Writer

A former Palma High School chaplain and teacher has admitted in sworn testimony that he sexually assaulted a Palma student.

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Los Angeles Times

Senior LAUSD officials knew of child abuse claims, lawyers say

March 21, 2013 | By Howard Blume

Senior LAUSD officials were allegedly aware of parent complaints in 2009 about a Wilmington teacher who was charged in January with abusing children over an extended period of time, say attorneys who represent alleged victims.

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Mercury News

Sexual abuse in the church: William Lynch on why a new pope doesn't mean justice

March 22, 2013 | By William Lynch/i>

On its surface the election of Pope Francis would appear to offer renewed hope for true reform within the Catholic Church.

Two weeks into his reign the honeymoon continues, with the media marveling at the new pope's easy smile and obvious warmth. They speak of his willingness to live modestly and travel around Rome in a Volkswagen instead of a big limousine.

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Los Angeles Times

Archdiocese wants upcoming sex abuse trials moved far from L.A.

March 19, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times

In an acknowledgment that new revelations in the priest abuse scandal have tarnished the church's image, lawyers for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are seeking to postpone upcoming sexual abuse trials or relocate them to a courthouse 200 miles away because they don't believe they can get a fair trial in Southern California.

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Court House News Service

Church Accused of Trafficking in Abuse

March 14, 2013

By ULIA FILIP

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Catholic bishops "facilitated the sexual molestation of children by engaging in the international trafficking of known child molesting priests," alleged victims of clerical abuse claim in court.

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Los Angeles Times

Former girls basketball coach charged with sex abuse of his players

March 8, 2013 | By Cindy Chang

A former girls basketball coach at Eisenhower High School in Rialto pleaded not guilty Friday to four counts of sexual abuse involving members of his team.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/

Papal conclave: LA Catholics' turmoil at sex abuse past

March 8, 2013

By Jane Little

While their former archbishop takes part in the conclave to choose the next pope, Catholics in Los Angeles deal with his complicated legacy. Will clergy sexual abuse - and its cover-up by church elders - harm the Church beyond repair?

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http://www.ocweekly.com/

Joelle Casteix, Prominent Local Catholic Church Sex-Abuse Survivor, Stars in National Campaign for Child Victim Act

March 5, 2013

By Gustavo Arellano

Joelle Casteix has long been a pal of the Weekly, and not just because she's a hilarious, multitalented gal. She has been one of the most prominent Catholic Church sex-abuse survivors in Orange County, molested by some pig who's now a--I kid you not--choir director at some no-name college in the Midwest. She has also been a constant companion to other sex-abuse survivors who need a shoulder, who need someone to face off against pedophile apologists, who need someone to contact the media.

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CNN

Priest accused of sex abuse evades police

February 27, 2012 | Anderson Cooper 360

A priest accused of child molestation fleas to Mexico but evades being captured by police

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CNN

Victim: He covered up abuse for 25 years

February 26, 2012 | Anderson Cooper 360

Scandal-plagued Cardinal Mahony heading to select next Pope causes outrage among some Catholics. Casey Wian reports.

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Los Angeles Times

Mahony answers questions under oath about clergy sex abuse cases

Febraury 25, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times

A "relatively unflappable" Cardinal Roger Mahony answered questions under oath for more than 3 1/2 hours Saturday about his handling of clergy sex abuse cases, according to the lawyer who questioned the former archbishop.

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NBC News

SoCal Catholics Demand Cardinal Mahony Recuse Himself from Papal Conclave

February 23, 2013 | By Samantha Tata

Thousands of signatures demanding that retired Cardinal Roger Mahony withdraw from voting in upcoming papal conclave were set to be delivered Saturday afternoon to a North Hollywood church, where Mahony has a residence.

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Daily News

Cardinal Roger Mahony gives deposition in lawsuit of priest who allegedly molested 26 children

February 23, 2013 | By Mariecar Mendoza, Staff Writer

Shortly before he heads to Rome to help elect the next pope, Cardinal Roger Mahony gave a closed-door deposition on Saturday in a lawsuit over a priest suspected of molesting as many as 26 children in Los Angeles in the late 1980s.

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JSOnline.com

Conclave brings out cardinals' dirty laundry

February 20, 2013

By CBSLA.com

VATICAN CITY (AP) Popular pressure is mounting in the U.S. and Italy to keep California Cardinal Roger Mahony away from the conclave to elect the next pope because of his role shielding sexually abusive priests, a movement targeting one of the most prominent of a handful of compromised cardinals scheduled to vote next month.

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CBS.com

Abuse Survivors Warn OC Families About Convicted Priests

February 21, 2013

By CBSLA.com

SEAL BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Victims of alleged sex abuse by Catholic priests were expected to distribute leaflets Thursday outside of an Orange County retirement community where two convicted predator priests have recently lived.

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CBS.com

Outcry Grows Over Mahony’s Planned Participation In Papal Conclave

February 20, 2013

By CBSLA.com

A poll by an influential Italian Catholic magazine found that an overwhelming majority of its readers don’t want Mahony to be part of the papal conclave to select the next pope after Pope Benedict XVI finalizes his retirement.

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ABC 7

Los Angeles cardinal to be deposed in abuse lawsuit

Febuary 19, 2013

By AP

LOS ANGELES -- Attorneys for an alleged victim of priest sexual abuse will depose the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles next week as part of a clergy abuse lawsuit, attorneys in the case said Friday. Cardinal Roger Mahony will be deposed Feb. 23 about how he handled a visiting Mexican priest who police believe molested 26 children in the Los Angeles archdiocese during a nine-month stay in 1987. The Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera fled to Mexico in 1988 after parents complained. He remains a fugitive, with warrants for his arrest in both the U.S. and Mexico.

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Reuters.com

Catholics urge cardinal tied to sex abuse to skip papal vote

Febuary 19, 2013

By Ian Simpson

A U.S. Catholic group has launched an online petition to keep a cardinal linked to a sex abuse scandal from attending the Vatican conclave that will select a new pope.

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Los Angeles Times

L.A. Archdiocese adds priests' names to abuse list

Febraury 13, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times

Though the church deems the allegations against the men credible, the archdiocese has declined to release information about the complaints, including the number of accusers, the dates of the alleged abuse and the parishes where the men worked.

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dailypilot.com

Irvine coach arrested on child porn charges

Febuary 11, 2013

By Jeremiah Dobruck

Irvine police have arrested a high school baseball coach suspected of posing as a female on Facebook and convincing underage boys to send him sexual pictures of themselves.

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Reuters.com

Cardinal linked to Los Angeles abuse cover-up to take part in papal selection

Febuary 11, 2013

By Nichola Groom

The announcement by Cardinal Roger Mahony, which angered a prominent victims support group, came less than two weeks after 12,000 pages of church files unsealed under court order showed Mahony worked to send priests accused of abuse out of state to shield known abusers from law enforcement scrutiny in the 1980s.

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Los Angeles Times

Pope Benedict took action on sex abuse, but some say not enough

Febraury 11, 2013 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times

Time and again in his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against the scourge of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, using words that would have been scarcely imaginable by his predecessors.

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Los Angeles Times

What went wrong in the Catholic Church?

Febraury 10, 2013 | By Michael D'Antonio

The files released last week by America's largest Catholic archdiocese revealed new and disturbing details about how church officials schemed to protect priests accused of molesting children. But was the scandal in Los Angeles really so much worse than in other places?

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Daily News

Who are the L.A. priests prosecuted for sex abuse?

February 10, 2013 | By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer

As the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church unfolded in the early 2000s, victims of clergy molestation in Los Angeles pinned their hopes on a state law that had retroactively lifted the statute of limitations on prosecuting sex crimes.

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Los Angeles Times

Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

Febraury 09, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times

The Archdiocese of L.A. took $115 million from its cemeteries' maintenance fund in 2007, nearly depleting it. The move seems legal, but it was not announced, and relatives of the dead were not told.

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PBS

New Documents Show Catholic Leaders in Los Angeles Protected Abusive Priests

Febraury 07, 2013 | By RAY SUAREZ

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles released 12,000 pages of internal files last Thursday on priests accused of sexually abusing children, saying that it was finally abiding by a settlement it signed with victims six years ago to make the painful history public.

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The New York Times

Los Angeles Archdiocese Is Accused of Failing to Release All Abuse Records

Febraury 04, 2013 | By LAURIE GOODSTEIN and JENNIFER MEDINA

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles released 12,000 pages of internal files last Thursday on priests accused of sexually abusing children, saying that it was finally abiding by a settlement it signed with victims six years ago to make the painful history public.

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Los Angeles Times

Ex-priest remained in L.A. Unified despite red flags

Febraury 03, 2013 | By Howard Blume and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

An ex-priest who allegedly admitted a sexual relationship with a minor remained employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District for more than a decade despite several warning flags about his background, according to interviews and records.

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The New York Times

Sexual Abuse Scandal Grips and Divides Hispanic Parishioners in Los Angeles

Febraury 03, 2013 | By JENNIFER MEDINA and IAN LOVETT

LOS ANGELES — At Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, there was no shrinking from the news reverberating through the pews. The Rev. Scott Santarosa spent time usually reserved for the homily talking instead about what he called “really painful stuff.”

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Los Angeles Times

Priests' ecclesiastical missteps treated more sternly than abuse

Febraury 01, 2013 | By Victoria Kim, Ashley Powers and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times

The archdiocese of Los Angeles learned in the late 1970s that one of its priests had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy so violently that he was left bleeding and "in a state of shock." The priest said he was too drunk to remember what happened and officials took no further action.

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Yahoo News

Abuse victims say Los Angeles archdiocese still withholding documents

February 1, 2012

By Brandon Lowrey | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Catholic Church is withholding documents that could shed more light on sexual abuse by priests, a victims' group said on Friday, a day after the Los Angeles archdiocese released 12,000 pages of files on clergy accused of molesting children.

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CBS.com

L.A. Archbishop apologizes to sex abuse victims

February 01, 2013

By CBS Evening News

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez apologized to victims of sexual abuse in his diocese, following the release of thousands of secret church files that show strong evidence of plot to conceal the abuse from police. Bill Whitaker reports.

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CBS.com

Priest Removed From Church Over Alleged Sex Abuse Was Employed By LAUSD

April 26, 2012

By CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A former priest allegedly named in the Los Angeles Archdiocese Catholic church sex abuse scandal may be employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District, CBS2 has learned.

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Los Angeles Times

Judge orders church to release full priest abuse records

January 31, 2013 | By LA now

A trove of confidential church files detailing how the Los Angeles archdiocese dealt with priests accused of molestation must be released “as soon as possible” and include the names of Cardinal Roger Mahony and his aides, a judge ruled Thursday.

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Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Archdiocese can't seem to play by the rules

January 31, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez

Earlier this month, a state judge ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to include the names of church leaders who mishandled sex-abuse claims when it finally releases scores of confidential priest files as part of a 2007 settlement.

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Redlands dily Facts

Group disputes abuse claims made by Diocese of San Bernardino

January 27, 2013 | By Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer

Amid scrutiny of its neighboring diocese's response to the sexual abuse of children, the Diocese of San Bernardino has been swift to notify authorities of such allegations, a diocese spokesman said.

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NBC News

OC DA Reopens Abuse Investigation of Teacher

January 26, 2013 | By Jason Kandel

Orange County prosecutors say a dropped molestation investigation is being reopened so officials can re-examine the actions of a former Los Angeles elementary school teacher who has been charged with molesting a dozen students.

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Daily News

Bill would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue abusers

January 25, 2013 | By Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer

A state senator on Friday sought to get rid of the statute of limitations preventing some victims of child molestation from suing their abusers.

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Los Angeles Times

Bishop sorry for ‘inadequate or mistaken’ response to priest abuse

January 23, 2013 | By Ashley Powers, Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times

A Roman Catholic bishop apologized Tuesday for "inadequate or mistaken" responses to clergy sex abuse when he served as a top advisor to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in the late 1980s.

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NBC News

Former Long Beach Priest Sentenced for Sex Crimes

January 23, 2013 | By Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard

A former Long Beach priest who entered a plea of no contest to sexual assault charges -- including lewd acts involving a child -- was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to register as a sex offender.

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The HUffington Post

Robert Pimental Arrested: LA Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing 20 Students, 1 Adult (UPDATED)

January 23, 2013 | By AP

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing 20 students and one adult was arrested Wednesday, police said.

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Los Angeles Times

Mahony's efforts to hide abuse are deplorable but unsurprising

January 22, 2013 | By Steve Lopez

Every time we learn something new about the molestation scandal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it becomes more obvious why Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and his minions have fought so tenaciously to keep things under wraps.

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NBC News

Renewed Call for Criminal Prosecutions in Church Abuse Scandal

January 22, 2013 | By Jonathan Lloyd, Olsen Ebright and Patrick Healy

Church abuse victims Tuesday made a renewed call for criminal prosecutions following the release of confidential files that show top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials tried to cover up the allegations.

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Los Angeles Times

Church sex abuse files unlikely to lead to charges, experts say

January 22, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan, Ashley Powers and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times

Over the last decade, there have been numerous calls to prosecute Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and his top aides for their mishandling of clergy sex abuse. At least three grand juries, two district attorneys and a U.S. attorney have subpoenaed documents and summoned witnesses. None of those cases resulted in charges against the archdiocese's hierarchy.

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Los Angeles Times

Clergy abuse victims: 'We demand justice'

January 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores

Standing a few feet outside the doors of the Los Angeles Archdiocese headquarters, clergy abuse victims who settled with the church in a landmark $660-million settlement called for the release of the documents it agreed to make public in 2007.

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The HUffington Post

Files show how LA church leaders controlled damage

January 21, 2013 | By GILLIAN FLACCUS

LOS ANGELES — Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files.

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The HUffington Post

As Los Angeles Church Divulges Documents, Prosecutions May Follow

January 10, 2013 | By Michael D'Antonio

After years of delay, orchestrated by some of the most able lawyers in the country, the Catholic Church may soon reveal more truth about how it dealt with priests who sexually abused hundreds of children in the sprawling Archdiocese of Los Angeles. A court order issued Monday, in a case joined by the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press, requires the release of more than 30,000 pages of documents, with the names of abusers and their superiors un-redacted. Considering previous actions by higher courts, Judge Emilie Elias's decision is likely to survive appeals and the deluge of new facts could occur in weeks, if not days.

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Los Angeles Times

Inside the ‘perversion files’

January 7, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times has reviewed nearly 1,900 confidential files kept by the Boy Scouts of America on employees and volunteers accused of sexual abuse. The review revealed many instances in which problems were not promptly recognized and abuse suspects were not held to account — and scouts were harmed as a result.

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Los Angeles Times

Release of church files in sex abuse cases serves the public's right to know

January 7, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez

A judge’s ruling Monday requiring the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to release thousands of pages of confidential records, including the names of church higher-ups, is an important victory for the public and victims of sexual abuse.

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Los Angeles Times

Names in church sex abuse records should be public, judge rules

January 7, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim

A Superior Court judge has ruled the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must release the names of high-ranking church officials in 30,000 pages of confidential records about priests accused of abusing children.

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NBC News

Hollywood talent scout gets 6 months in jail for sex abuse of girl

January 5, 2013 | By Jonathan Lloyd and Lolita Lopez, NBCLosAngeles.com

Five solid tips from people who told authorities that distinctive tattoos helped them recognize a woman seen in photos released Thursday as part of a child molestation investigation led to an arrest in an 11-year-old case involving "widely circulated" child pornography images.

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Los Angeles Times

Hollywood talent scout gets 6 months in jail for sex abuse of girl

January 4, 2013 | By Richard Winton

A Hollywood talent scout convicted of sexually abusing a girl has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and must register as a sex offender for life, Los Angeles city prosecutors said Friday.

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Los Angeles judge: Media may intervene in Catholic sex abuse trial records

December 27, 2012 | By 89.3 KPCC

Los Angeles County Judge Emilie Elias ruled on Thursday that media organizations can intervene to oppose redactions in the personnel files of priests accused of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Times

Shine a light on church sexual abuse

December 26, 2012 | Los Angeles Times

When hundreds of victims of sexual abuse agreed in 2007 to settle their claims against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $660 million, they did so with the understanding that confidential church files that contained the full story of what officials knew, and when they knew it, would become public.

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Los Angeles Times

Boy Scout sex abuse files: What do they tell us? [Video Discussion]

December 26, 2012 | L.A. NOW

The Times this week released about 1,200 previously unpublished files kept by the Boy Scouts of America on volunteers and employees expelled for suspected sexual abuse.

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The HUffington Post

Boy Scout Child Sex Abuse Files Must Be Surrendered, Court Says

December 14, 2012 | By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- A California appellate court has upheld a Santa Barbara judge's order saying the Boy Scouts of America must surrender decades of confidential files detailing alleged child sex abuse.

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Washington Post

Judge tells Los Angeles archdiocese to give court secret files on priests in molestation cases

December 10, 2012 | By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A judge on Monday ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to turn over to the court the top-secret files it has kept for decades on dozens of priests accused of sex abuse, bringing the documents closer to public scrutiny.

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Los Angeles Times

Priest abuse files may be released without church officials' names

December 09, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times

In its landmark $660-million settlement with victims of sexual abuse five years ago, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to make public the confidential personnel records of all priests accused of molesting children.

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Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against LAUSD, According To Manly & Stewart And The Senators Firm LLP

December 05, 2012 | The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys representing multiple victims of child sexual abuse allegedly committed by teachers at Miramonte Elementary School announced today that they have filed civil lawsuits against the Los Angeles Unified School District on behalf of four of the children.

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