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Published October 09, 2013, 05:39 PM

Crookston Diocese fights effort to release list of names in abuse investigations

The Diocese of Crookston was in court again Monday, this time to try to suppress efforts that would make public the diocese's list of known child predators who once served in the priesthood.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

The Diocese of Crookston was in court again Monday, this time to try to suppress efforts that would make public the diocese's list of known child predators who once served in the priesthood.

This request of names stems from a lawsuit filed late June by a Bemidji woman against the Diocese of Crookston who says Reverand James Porter sexually assaulted her.

Porter left the priesthood in 1974 and 20 years later was convicted of sexually assaulting 28 children in Massachussets. While he passed away in 2005, Porter is suspected of abusing over 100 children in several states including Minnesota.

The plaintiff, known as Jane Doe 4, and her attorneys are now seeking to to have the Crookston diocese release a full disclosure of offenders known only to the Diocese of Crookston, as the lawsuit alleges negligence on part of the diocese for allowing the abuse to happen.

"The judge is going to decide if the list goes out or stays secret, but it is our goal, and I think there is a fierce urgency, that this be revealed and no longer kept secret if this community is going to be safe," Said Attorney Jeff Anderson.

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