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Police Execute Warrants at Catholic Diocese of Dallas

May 15, 2019 - 9:56 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD/NBCDFW) - UPDATED 7:17 P.M.: Bishop Burns says they have been cooperating with police from the beginning.

"I stand before you confident, knowing that we are doing what's right. And in being confident I can say go ahead, search," he says. "If you really think there is something more, then look. If you want to look at it closer, then take it."

Burns says there are errors in the 31 page affidavit, but would not say what they are.

Police spent most of Wednesday collecting evidence at the diocese and the other specified locations.

 

The Dallas Police Department executed search warrants at three offices belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Dallas this morning, looking for records of sexual abuse held by the diocese. 

Dallas police Major Max Geron said Wednesday's raid was the furtherance of an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Rev. Edmundo Paredes, the longtime pastor of St. Cecilia Parish who was credibly accused of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Dallas last year.

Geron said five more people have made allegations of sexual abuse against the church since January when the church revealed the allegations against Paredes. 

The Diocese has yet to comment on the situation. 

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A statement was released from the Catholic Discese: 

"Today the Dallas police, assisted by the FBI, executed a search warrant at the Pastoral Center at the Catholic Diocese of Dallas for files and information on five priests who were on the list made public by Bishop Edward J. Burns on January 31, 2019. The Diocese has been cooperating with the ongoing investigation of these priests even before the list was made public, has given police the personnel files for all of the priests named in the warrant, and has been involved in ongoing discussions with DPD investigators.

To date, the Diocese has not received a subpoena and the Diocese’s involvement has been voluntary. 

The Diocese will continue to cooperate in all investigations of sexual abuse of a minor by clergy. Bishop Edward J. Burns will address the media at 3:00 PM today."