Archdiocese releases additional priest names

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Feb 17, 2014 at 11:10 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota archdiocese is releasing the names of nine more priests it says were "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of a minor.

The announcement Monday from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis follows its earlier disclosure of 30 such priests.

The disclosure follows a review of clergy files by an outside firm the archdiocese hired after it came under intense criticism for its handling of clergy sexual misconduct.

The archdiocese says it became aware of two of the nine priests after 2004, when it previously released a list of accused priests.

A Ramsey County judge on Sunday had rejected the archdiocese's request that it not have to release the names of all local priests accused of sexually abusing children since 2004.

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