February 23, 2005

AG says abuse data discrepency reason for audit

Portsmouth Herald

By Associated Press

CONCORD - State officials say more allegations of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy were reported to them last year than to the Diocese of Manchester.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Will Delker said the discrepancy demonstrates the need for a thorough state audit of the diocese's efforts to prevent abuse.

"That is obviously one of the important issues that the audit is supposed to investigate," Delker said Tuesday. "Until we are able to review their records and speak with personnel who do intake on these cases, we can't compare the information we have with their records."

The Diocese of Manchester and the attorney general's office have been at odds for nearly two years over the scope and cost of an audit of church policies intended to protect children from sexual abuse.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2005 08:14 PM