- Defense statement
Text of the statement by lawyers for Bishop Robert Finn after the trial:
"Bishop Finn is grateful that the court and prosecutor have allowed this matter to be resolved. This could have been a lengthy and emotionally difficult trial for all persons affected. The bench trial, with a stipulation of testimony, has avoided the need for live testimony from diocesan employees, parishioners and others. This process has also resulted in the charges against the Diocese being dismissed by the state. The diocesan process and procedures as previously existed failed to adequately identify the necessity to inform the Children's Division of Shawn Ratigan's behavior in a more timely manner. For this, the bishop is truly sorry."
Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 3:06 pm
KANSAS CITY – Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty Thursday on one of two counts of failing to report child abuse to authorities, making him the highest-ranking Catholic official to be convicted in the church’s decades-long abuse scandal.
The bishop was ordered to serve two years probation, with nine conditions that included child abuse training for both him and the diocese, as well as the creation of a $10,000 fund to be used for counseling abuse victims. His sentence was suspended, meaning if all conditions of his probation are met, the misdemeanor charge will be cleared from his criminal record.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012 3:06 pm.