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Kansas City Bishop Promises ‘Vigorous Defense’

Kansas City, Mo., Bishop Robert Finn won’t go along quietly with the charge against him: "Today, the Jackson County prosecutor issued these charges against me personally and against the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph," said Finn, who was charged with failing to protect children after he waited five months to present child pornography he found on a priest’s computer to police. "For our part, we will meet these announcements with a steady resolve and a vigorous defense." Finn is the first U.S. bishop charged over his response to sex-abuse claims. If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, he will face a maximum prison sentence of one year and a $1,000 fine.

October 15, 2011 7:13 AM