LA court releases Cardinal Mahony's deposition in sex abuse case

File photo:  Cardinal Roger Mahony (L) offers the Eucharist while Archbishop Jose H. Gomez looks on during a welcoming Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels May 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
File photo: Cardinal Roger Mahony (L) offers the Eucharist while Archbishop Jose H. Gomez looks on during a welcoming Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels May 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Reed Saxon-Pool/Getty Images

Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony didn't call police in 1986 after a priest admitted to molesting two boys and didn't warn parishioners because the priest told him they were illegal immigrants who had returned to Mexico.

Mahony says in a legal deposition released Tuesday that he didn't take stronger action because he didn't know the victims' identities and because the Rev. Michael Baker told him the abuse happened outside the parish.

Much of how Mahony handled Baker has already been made public, but the deposition contains the cardinal's own account under oath of how he handled allegations against the priest.

It's part of a lawsuit that recently settled for $2.2 million.

The now-defrocked Baker is imprisoned for molesting two children. The archdiocese says 23 alleged victims made civil claims involving Baker.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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