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. Im not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not" Carlson replied. I understand today its 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. Im not sure I did, or I didnt, the archbishop replied.


Edited by Jude (06/13/14 12:55 AM)
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