KBI investigation of alleged Catholic clergy abuse in Kansas approaches four-year milestone

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TOPEKA — Susan Leighnor expressed frustration on Wednesday state law enforcement agencies had yet to release findings of an investigation launched nearly four years ago by the attorney general into alleged sexual misconduct by members of the Catholic clergy in Kansas.

Leighnor, who said she was abused as a child by two Catholic priests, said she had spoken to Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents regarding her memories of what transpired at the rectory and school at Church of the Holy Cross in Hutchinson. She also has testified before the Kansas and Colorado legislatures on her experiences.

In an interview, she said a Catholic priest warned her as a child disclosing the abuse would condemn her to hell because the situation was like a person talking to a priest at confession. Confession in the Catholic church is a sacrament in which the penitent seek forgiveness for offenses against God and others.

Leighnor said she was worried political calculations or religious loyalties would interfere with the inquiry. She said it was troubling Attorney General Derek Schmidt and KBI director Kirk Thompson were leaving those jobs in early January with an inconclusive investigation.

Content retrieved from: https://kansasreflector.com/2022/12/21/kbi-investigation-of-alleged-catholic-clergy-abuse-in-kansas-approaches-four-year-milestone/.

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