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August 9, 2012

KC Diocese releases 1st report from ombudsman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The ombudsman for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City reports getting nearly 80 reports in the past year alleging various types of abuse or suspicious behavior among clergy, volunteers and people unaffiliated with the diocese.

Jenifer Valenti says in the report released Thursday that of 79 allegations of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct or “boundary violations,” 20 cases involved clergy and 17 involved employees. Of the rest, 11 involved family members, seven were about volunteers, five were about religious orders and 12 involved unknown people.

The two-page report also says nine people were removed from “ministry, employment or volunteer service” over substantiated claims. The report doesn’t specify if any of those were clergy.

Valenti was appointed last year as the diocese became involved in lawsuits involving clergy sexual misconduct.


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