Priest abuse victims demand Kansas, Missouri investigation
Aug. 21, 2018
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Priest sex abuse victims are demanding that Missouri and Kansas officials conduct a comprehensive investigation into clergy misconduct and cover-ups similar to the one that revealed widespread problems in Pennsylvania.
The Kansas City Star reports that Rebecca Randles, who has represented hundreds of victims in priest sexual abuse lawsuits, made the case for the investigation at a news conference Monday with four men who said they had been sexually abused.
Randles said the findings of the Pennsylvania investigation were "shocking" and led her to sit down to try to figure out how many priests in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas had been similarly abusive. She came up with 230 names. But she said only a handful of priests have been charged and one bishop punished.