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St. Paul attorney requests clergy sex abuse documents

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A St. Paul attorney representing several child sex abuse victims is calling for the release of names of more than two dozen priests accused of the alleged abuse.

MPR reports this isn't the first time Jeff Anderson has made the request to the Catholic Church, but the passage of the Child Victims Act in Minnesota may give Anderson the opportunity to unseal the list that also remains in court files in Ramsey County from a previous lawsuit.

The Child Victims Act, which was signed into law in May, eliminated the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims. Previously, victims could only seek civil damages before the age of 24.

MPR says the most recent request for the list of 33 priests with "credible allegations" is being made on behalf of David Pususta of St. Paul, who claims he was sexually abused by Father John Brown in the 1960s at the age of 10.

Dioceses across the country compiled similar lists about 10 years ago and released the number of priests involved, but some also chose to release names, according to MPR.

On July 1, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee released thousands of pages of documents related to clergy sex abuse. TIME says reports of abuse go back as much as 80 years.

Similar files made public by other Roman Catholic diocese and religious orders detail how leaders tried to protect the church by not reporting child sex abuse to authorities, TIME reported.

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