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LA archdiocese to release files of 200 priests accused of sexual abuse and child molestation

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles
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Five years after settling with sex abuse victims, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles says it will release the confidential personnel files of about 200 accused priests.

Spokesman Tod Tamberg told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Friday that the Archdiocese will hand over the records to a judge on Dec. 10.

The newspaper says the files — with the names of innocent individuals redacted — will ultimately be made public under a record $660 million settlement the Archdiocese agreed to in 2007.

"Some of these priests are still out roaming the streets unsupervised," said Joelle Casteix, Western regional director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "Because of the fact that the archdiocese didn't do the right thing - didn't call the police - many have never been charged."

Casteix added, "these men who are known to archdiocese officials as having abused kids are living in neighborhoods, could be baby-sitting, volunteering in schools, and these documents will provide information that can protect kids now." 

The personnel files of 13 priests were released Friday to an attorney who represents a victim allegedly abused by the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera. That case is pending and the records remain under a protective order from the court and cannot be made public.