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Sioux Falls Diocese Names 11 Priests Accused of Child Sex Abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls released a list Thursday of priests who faced substantiated accusations of abusing a minor while serving in eastern South Dakota.

Bishop Paul J. Swain, head of the Sioux Falls diocese, published a two-page letter and prayer to the Sioux Falls community encouraging other victims to come forward and promising to help them heal.

“It is my prayer that this will encourage any victim harmed by any on this list or any other person serving in ministry in the Church to come forward to law enforcement or to the diocese so that appropriate assistance might be offered and justice accomplished,” Swain said in his letter. “To all who choose to come forward, please be assured that your confidentiality will be respected.”

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