11,000 Priest 'Child-Sex Claims'
From Correspondents in New York

The Advertiser [United States]
February 17, 2004

MORE than 4000 US priests were accused of child sexual abuse 1950-2002, according to a draft survey for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, CNN reported Monday.

The study, to be released February 27, said 4,450 priests were the subjects of 11,000 child sex abuse allegations.

That means some of the priests were repeat offenders. About 25 percent of the accused priests faced allegations on two or three occasions; 13 percent on four to nine occasions and three percent more than 10 times, the draft report said, according to the network.

Seventy-eight percent of the alleged victims were aged 11-17; sixteen percent were eight to 10 years old; and six percent were seven or younger, it found.

The study found that of the 11,000 allegations, about 6700 were investigated and found to be true. A thousand were found to be false, and 3300 were not investigated because the accused priests had died.

CNN said it reviewed a draft of the survey, and that officials had told them it may be slightly changed before its release.


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