W.Va. AG Targets Priest Abuse With Consumer Protection Law

Law360 (March 19, 2019, 11:18 PM EDT) -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Tuesday announced a lawsuit charging a Mountain State diocese and its former bishop with violations of state consumer protection laws for allegedly failing to tell parents of kids attending church-run schools and programs about past abuse accusations against employees.

A civil complaint filed Tuesday alleges the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield TK past sexual misconduct by priests and lay employees, and that the diocese didn't conduct proper background checks.

"Parents who pay and entrust the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese and its schools to educate and care for their children deserve full...

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