- Jun 14, 2021
A bipartisan North Dakota bill that would have required clergy to be included in state law as mandatory reporters of child abuse has been withdrawn.
North Dakota’s attorney general said Monday his office’s 18-month investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the state’s two Catholic dioceses will not result in any charges because too much time has passed to prosecute the two lone living clergy members.
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo has tested positive for COVID-19.
Three attorneys who conducted an investigation into clergy sex abuse said Wednesday the North Dakota Legislature should open up the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits and demanded that the state’s two Roman Catholic dioceses release more files on accused priests.
North Dakota’s Catholic dioceses on Thursday released a list of 53 clergy members who have had substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
For the second time in three months, a North Dakota prosecutor has decided against charging a priest accused of sexual misconduct involving a minor.