October 21, 2005

Priest's abuse inquiry revived

Whittier Daily News

Prosecutors have reopened a child-abuse investigation into a priest who was allowed to remain in ministry after admitting to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony that he had molested children.

An earlier criminal case against Michael Stephen Baker, 57, was dismissed in 2003 because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision barring prosecutions of decades-old sexual abuse cases.

The new investigation, which had been stalled because the victims now live in Mexico, involves two brothers who say they were molested more recently, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Last spring Los Angeles prosecutors obtained U.S. visas so the brothers could be interviewed in Arizona, the brothers' attorney and law enforcement sources told the newspaper.

Posted by kshaw at October 21, 2005 08:41 AM