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Colorado priest accused of sex abuse

Sex crime convictions encompass very serious and trying consequences. A convicted sex offender carries the burden of a social stigma, sex offender registration and a very lengthy prison sentence. Furthermore, a felony sex crime conviction can mean four years to life in prison.

Nevertheless, a local Colorado man may have to face such consequences. In recent news, a Colorado Springs priest has been placed on leave for allegations of sex abuse. On January 4, the Colorado Springs Archdiocese announced that church officials called police following a report of sex abuse allegations involving a child. The suspect's duties have been suspended as a priest.

The Catholic Church has battled allegations of sex abuse by priests for years. One 2010 case involved a former priest at Divine Redeemer in Colorado Springs. He was accused of sex abuse against a child in Denver. The priest was exonerated in January 2011 by the Archdiocese of Denver. Nevertheless, during the past five years, there have been 50 abuse allegations reported to the Denver Archdiocese.

Nobody wants to face the harsh consequences of a sex crime conviction. If one is found guilty of this type of crime, he or she stands to lose some basic human rights. For this reason, if you have been accused of a sex offense, you may want to speak to an attorney about your liberties. A church official made a statement: "It is important to remember that in both civil and canon law Father Manning is presumed innocent until proven guilty."

Source: The Gazette, "Church: Springs priest faces sex-abuse probe," Ryan Maye Handy, Jan. 21, 2012

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