Investigation Clearing Bishop Costs $2.2 Million

The Associated Press, carried in WSTM
August 6, 2004

ALBANY, N.Y. The Albany Catholic Diocese says the investigation by a former federal prosecutor that cleared Bishop Howard Hubbard of sex-abuse allegations will cost 2.2 (m) million dollars.

The bill from ex-U.S. attorney Mary Jo White and her team of investigators and attorneys will be paid from a diocese self-insurance fund.

Officials tell the Albany Times Union the fund is supported by assessments on all 178 parishes in the 14-county diocese and by interest income.

The four-month investigation, which included hundreds of interviews, several lie-detector tests and review of thousands of documents, found no evidence Hubbard had ever even broken his vows of celibacy.

White was retained by the diocese's Sexual Misconduct Review Board, which reviews allegations of abuse against clergy in the Albany diocese.


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