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An <a href="http://www.pe.com/localnews/rivcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_N_witness28.471157c.html" target="_blank">article</a> about a Jehovah's Witness Child Molester and how his clergy testified against him.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Leaders of Simental's congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses contradicted his statements and testified Simental, during the course of their religious inquiry, admitted touching both girls.<br><br>
Prior to the trial, the case broke new legal ground in California about when statements made to clergy members are deemed confidential, prosecutor Burke Strunsky said.<br><br>
"This case makes a bold statement to any religious organization that we are not going to allow you to abuse confidentiality privileges in order to suppress the confessions of child molesters," said Strunsky. "The stakes are way too high."</td>
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Interesting. What does this mean for other religions clergy and confidentiality? I hope it means that they will be called to testify in cases like this.
 

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<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21917798/" target="_blank">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21917798/</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Internal records now coming to light from the settled lawsuits may help explain why the church agreed to settle the cases. Documents show that the church knew for years that some prominent members were sexually abusing children and did little. Church officials allegedly became aware of several of the cases in question through what amount to internal judicial proceedings, at which local elders confronted suspected abusers, obtained confessions, then meted out punishments.</td>
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Looks like this has been going on for a while. I must say though, the fathers of the victims have enormous patience. I don't think I would have been able to wait for a trial if I found out a scumbag like this molested my child <i>during a slumber party</i>. How disgusting!
 
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