District attorneys, Diocese sign memorandum on sex abuse of minors


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By Scott Sasina

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) District Attorneys within the region of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse joined Bishop Robert Cunningham in Binghamton. The purpose of the gathering was to “formalize” the procedure following incidents of alleged sexual abuse of minors — by all members of clergy within the Diocese.

“A priest, or any other adult who abuses a child, is wrong,” Robert Cunningham, the Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse, said.

On Wednesday, Bishop Cunningham, along with seven district attorneys — from Chenango, Cortland, Onondaga, Oneida, Oswego and Madison counties — signed a memorandum to formalize their agreement.

“This essentially makes the Diocese of Syracuse a mandatory reporter for any potential sexual abuse. The complaint will be reported immediately to the appropriate district attorney’s office,” Bill Fitzpatrick, the district attorney of Onondaga County, said.

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