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Independent boards reviewing Catholic Church sex abuse have broadly failed victims in Colorado, nationwide

By Reese Dunklin, Matt Sedensky and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help […]

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Colorado’s former attorney general wanted grand jury investigation of priest abuse scandal — but didn’t get it

Former Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says she would have preferred a criminal investigation of child sex abuse in the state’s three Catholic dioceses and that she talked to former Gov. John Hickenlooper about the prospect of launching one. But as Coffman worked to find a way last year to account for priests’ behavior, she […]

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At least 166 children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests in Colorado since 1950, new report finds

Catholic priests in Colorado sexually abused at least 166 children since 1950, according to a damning, 263-page report released Wednesday by an independent investigator who found the church expunged files and covered up abuse for decades. It took nearly 20 years on average for the church to stop an abusive priest after receiving an abuse […]

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DNA testing leads to break in decades-old Colorado murder case. But privacy questions are being raised.

Michael Whyte drove out of a parking lot, his belly full of fast food lunch, oblivious that police detectives had been watching him eat.  Now, they were gingerly collecting the cup they had seen him drink from just minutes earlier. The two were eager with anticipation because, after more than three decades of fruitless leads, […]

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Federal investigation launched into former Westminster cop sentenced to 90 days in jail for unlawful sexual contact

The FBI has launched a federal investigation into a former Westminster police officer who was sentenced to 90 days in jail after being convicted of unlawful sexual contact while on duty, a penalty that drew outrage.  A federal search warrant was filed by the FBI in June related to the case against the former officer, […]

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Nicolais: How a prison gang-rape led to a glimmer of hope

Prison terrifies most people. For members of the LGBTQ community — particularly transgender individuals — the prospect is even more grim. While it won’t eliminate that disparity, the recent settlement between a transgender Colorado inmate and the Colorado Department of Corrections represents a positive step in the right direction. Last year Lindsay Saunders-Velez reported several […]

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Here is why Colorado didn’t convene a grand jury to investigate priest abuse as Pennsylvania did

With the announcement Tuesday that the Catholic church in Colorado will voluntarily participate in an independent investigation into sexual abuse by its priests comes a big question: Why didn’t the state convene a grand jury to investigate, as Pennsylvania did? The answer has to do with the limited powers Colorado’s attorney general has to look […]

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Colorado lawmakers aim to close loophole that led appeals court to overturn foster parent’s child sex assault conviction

The following story contains graphic details from a child sexual assault case that could be objectionable to some readers. When Senon Louis Ramirez’s conviction for sexually assaulting one of his foster children was overturned last year because of a loophole in Colorado law, there was outrage over how such a gap could exist. But the […]