Diocese, DAs team up to hold priests accountable in sex abuse cases

Press & Sun Bulletin

Anthony Borrelli, aborrelli@pressconnects.com | @PSBABorrelli October 28, 2015

Bishop Robert Cunningham will join prosecutors from seven counties, including Broome, on Wednesday to formalize protocols on allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse by members of the clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

A memorandum of understanding will be signed at 2 p.m. this afternoon at the Broome County District Attorney’s Office in downtown Binghamton.

The agreement would require the diocese to immediately report suspected abuse by clergy members, regardless of how old the claims are, or whether the suspected abuser is no longer an active member of the clergy.

Broome County District Attorney Gerald F. Mollen, Onondaga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick, Chenango County District Attorney Joseph A. McBride, Cortland County District Attorney Mark D. Suben, Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara and Oswego County District Attorney Gregory S. Oakes will join Cunningham at this afternoon’s press conference to announce the agreement.

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