Religious Brother Accused of Sex Abuse Being Watched by Supports, Critics

By Abe Levy
Express-News, Pray Tell blog
February 6, 2009

Friday's story about a religious brother with the Claretian Missionaries of the U.S. Western Province has sparked some interest from those who are leery about his presence here to those calling for patience and reason.

Brother Richard Suttle has been accused of molesting a child while working as an educator at an Arizona Catholic school.

He moved here last summer and what irks some is that it wasn't publicized here, fueling speculation that it falls in line with the sex abuse coverup at other dioceses in the past decade.

Others point to how his situation was publicized in Arizona at the school, church and Diocese of Phoenix where he worked. Plus, his case was also written about in a couple newspapers there.

He has not been charged with a crime or sued in civil court. His order is conducting an investigation and say he claims innocence.

As my story indicates, he is not in public ministry and is here to study for a doctorate.

Supporters and critics of Suttle are watching closely whether the claim of abuse finds itself in a criminal or civil court.


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