October 13, 2005

Priest abuse said wider than believed

Monsters and Critics

Oct 13, 2005, 13:35 GMT

LOS ANGELES, CA, United States (UPI) -- The sexual abuse scandal involving Roman Catholic priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese is reported far more reaching than previously known.

A study by the Los Angeles Times of the records of hundreds of accused priests, dating back to 1950, put far more children at risk than believed, the report said Thursday.

Molestations have been alleged at roughly 100 parishes. But because the accused priests moved around the archdiocese on average every 4.5 years, the total number of parishes in which alleged abusers served is far larger -- more than three-fourths of the 288 parishes, according to the study.

Posted by kshaw at October 13, 2005 08:49 AM