January 30, 2019
By Tanya Eiserer
As the Dallas Catholic diocese prepares to release the names of priests “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors Thursday, many are wondering: What can law enforcement do with the list?
The reality is that police can only act when a victim is willing to come forward and file a police report.
“Without an outcry, the police can’t do anything,” said Brenda Nichols, a former supervisor of the Dallas PD’s child abuse unit.
Once a victim comes forward, police can investigate to determine if there’s enough evidence to obtain a warrant.
The case of accused priest Edmundo Paredes is instructive. He was the former longtime pastor at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Oak Cliff.
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