Fresno law enforcement have found homosexual abuse allegations against a local priest “credible,” but won’t pursue prosecution owing to the statute of limitations.
The Fresno County district attorney (D.A.) issued a public statement Friday making clear its decision not to prosecute is not in any way an exoneration.
“While the allegations made against Monsignor Harrison appear credible to investigators, they reportedly occurred in the 1990s,” the news release states. “These allegations were not reported to law enforcement until April of 2019.”
“Delayed reporting is not uncommon in sexual assault cases, but it can limit the ability to criminally charge and prosecute offenders,” it continued.
The wording of the press release makes clear the D.A. would pursue criminal prosecution if the law permitted it.
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