St. Louis Archbishop He Was Unsure Adult-Child Sex Was A Crime
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, in a legal deposition given last month, said he was uncertain that it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a child. Carlson was being deposed over a sex abuse allegation he dealt with as auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the mid-1980s.
In the May 24 deposition, released on Monday, attorney Jeff Anderson asked Carlson if he “knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a kid.” “I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not
" Carlson replied. “I understand today it’s a crime.”
Anderson went on to ask whether Carlson understood in 1984 whether it was a crime for a priest to engage in sex with a child. “I’m not sure I did, or I didn’t,”
the archbishop replied.