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The Latest: Diocese disputes some allegations in lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Latest on a West Virginia lawsuit accusing a Catholic diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

The Catholic diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, is disputing some of the allegations in a lawsuit that claims the diocese knowingly employed pedophiles.

The diocese issued a statement Tuesday saying some of the allegations in the suit filed by the West Virginia attorney general aren’t accurately described. The diocese says it will address the lawsuit in the appropriate forum.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the lawsuit against the diocese and its former leader, Bishop Michael Bransfield, using the state consumer credit and protection act. Several attorneys said using the act in such a way is unprecedented.

The suit alleges that the diocese and Bransfield chose to cover up arguably criminal behaviour and that the diocese employed priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse without adequate background checks.
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