German diocese let priest accused of abuse work in juvenile detention facility

Via the NY Times:

A German diocese said Friday that it had filed a criminal complaint this week against a Roman Catholic priest on charges of sexually abusing minors in the 1980s and ’90s.The 61-year-old priest was accused of sexually assaulting four boys from 1980 to 1996. The man, identified only as Father Ernst W., confirmed the accusations against him when questioned by church officials, according to a statement Friday by the Diocese of Erfurt, in central Germany. Although church officials were aware of one of the sexual abuse accusations against him, the priest was allowed to work in a juvenile detention facility from January 2004 to August 2006 without informing the authorities of his history.

“The Diocese of Erfurt takes responsibility for this incorrect decision,” it said in the statement.

There is no evidence that youths were abused at the Ichtershausen detention facility, church and state officials said. The facility generally holds minors and young adults from the ages of 14 to 24.

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