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St. Cloud Diocese to hold 2nd session on ex-deacon

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of St. Cloud holds another listening session on a former deacon accused of sexual abuse.

Monday night's session is the second on a man who was a deacon at the Church of the Holy Spirit in St. Cloud in 1969-70. At least five people have filed police reports accusing him of abuse. He was never charged. He did not become a priest but went on to a career in child protection.

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A lawsuit filed last week accuses the ex-deacon of sexual abuse and the diocese of covering it up.

The diocese says it considers the abuse allegations credible.

The St. Cloud Times reports (http://on.sctimes.com/ueu4eI ) the diocese scheduled the second session in response to questions and comments at the first Dec. 4. It's set for 6:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit.

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Information from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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