Bishop found guilty on one count

Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against diocese

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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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  • Content posted at 8:40 am on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    Content Posts: 13427

    He should have done jail time. And so far he has cost his flock 1.5 million in legal fees defending him. Now he has numerous civil suits in front of him that will cost millions more on top of the millions in settlements already settled.

  • JudyJones posted at 12:38 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    JudyJones Posts: 4

    Finally there is a bit of justice for clergy abuse victims, and finally there is a bit of hope for protecting kids from being sexually abused.

    The KC judge found Bishop Finn guilty of concealing and not reporting sex crimes against innocent little girls. There are many other bishops who could have sat in that court room and been found guilty also. This is a beginning of getting this horrific abuse stopped. We hope the families of Fr Ratigan's victims can feel a sense of relief, even though Finn only got a sentence of probation. We hope they can sleep a bit easier tonight.

    We have come this far in protecting kids because brave victims of clergy sex abuse are speaking up and contacting police. Like Finn has now learned the hard way, it is not the church officials who should be deciding or investigating child sex crimes, that is the job for law enforcement.

    Thank you to the judge for this historic guilty verdict. This is just a start for some hope for the safety of our children and the future.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511.,
    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  • smith posted at 1:26 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    smith Posts: 370

    Finn was convicted of failing to report child abuse, not a "sex crime" not "concealing".

    No go back to your job of ginning up cases for Randles.

  • Content posted at 2:18 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

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    Bishop Finn is now a convicted criminal and it will be on his record forevermore. He can no longer be the moral leader in this diocese or anywhere else. The Pope will probably whisk him off to Rome to protect him. Boys will be boys.

    Failure to report child abuse that led to further child abuse of a sexual nature is very serious stuff. Anyone who would make light of it should stat praying.

  • 10former posted at 2:55 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    10former Posts: 3432

    So do you think Finn got railroaded or not enough? I personally think he got off too light. What is your definition of concealing?

  • 10former posted at 2:59 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    10former Posts: 3432

    Article says his record clears if he does everything right. I think it should stay on his record.

  • smith posted at 3:43 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    smith Posts: 370

    The statute says nothing about "concealing". It is failing to report child abuse. The comment I responded to said he was convicted of concealing.

    Railroaded yes. The statute for an organization is poorly worded. The Diocese had a designated reporter ... Murphy. He failed to do his job. Finn should not have to pay for Murphy's failure.

  • Content posted at 4:09 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    Content Posts: 13427

    Yes, you're right....but it will be with us forevermore. This diocese cannot suffer the financial loss already concurred plus what is to come. Other Bishops have stepped down nation wide. This one won't insisting only the Pope can force him out. Bishop Finn is the most selfish man with the biggest ego in the church I have ever witnessed.

  • 10former posted at 8:33 am on Sat, Sep 8, 2012.

    10former Posts: 3432

    The computer tech did his moral duty by reporting it. Finn did nothing proactive about this until it was made public he was informed prior. Murphy needs to face the fire also.

  • jose posted at 12:27 am on Mon, Nov 18, 2013.

    jose Posts: 172

    Child abuse is indeed a serious issue which should not be neglected. If any such incident takes place then one should immediately report it to the police. My uncle is an attorney in OC, he deals with such cases.


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