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Resource ID: #19884
Subject: Religion
Source: WFTS-TV (Clearwater, Fla.)
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Date: May 2

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An investigation by WFTS-TV revealed that the St. Petersburg Diocese refuses to do a credible independent investigation of one of the Bishop's favorite high ranking priests who is accused of sexual misconduct by a fellow priest, a woman who was studying to be a nun and the victim of sexual misconduct. Moreover, the church claims the priest took and passed a polygraph but they refused repeated requests to allow (WFTS-TV) to examine the questions and results. The three highly credible witnesses insist the abuse occurred when Father Robert Morris was a seminary student in the late 1980s. Father Morris, designated by the bishop to counsel all troubled priests, denied the allegations. Yet, because of our investigation and subsequent reports he is cleared. The bishop then conducts a sham investigation into the charges and clears Father Morris. The church investigation did not include interviews with two of the three credible witnesses: a priest and a woman who at the time of the misconduct was studying to be a nun."

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