Burlington, Vt., Oct 10, 2018 / 15:00 pm
The Diocese of Burlington, the only Catholic diocese in Vermont, is forming a lay committee to investigate personnel files relating to sexual abuse of minors by priests, Bishop Christopher Coyne announced in a statement Oct. 10. When is concludes its review, the committee will publicly release a list of accused priests.
The committee will examine the same files covered by a previous investigation conducted by the Vermont attorney general's office in 2002. That investigation covered allegations relating to the years 1950-2000. The files do not include any contemporary accusations of sexual misconduct occurring after 2003, Coyne said.
The announcement comes one day after an article appeared online about Vermont attorney general's decision that it "would not be prudent" to release the results of the 2002-2003 enquiry into clerical sexual abuse. According to BuzzFeed News, that investigation resulted in the names of 21 men being turned over to state authorities. In most cases, the accused were either deceased or no longer in ministry.
No charges for sexual crimes against minors were brought following the attorney general's investigation.