Attorney general Patrick Morrisey has filed a lawsuit again the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese. Morrisey claims the dioceses were negligent in their practices of employment and may have knowingly hired some pedophiles.
“Absolutely so this week we filed a very important law suit. We’ve been able to do a comprehensive review and through that information we’ve determined that the diocese violated the state’s consumer protection laws,” said Attorney general Patrick Morrisey.
Morrisey claims that former a Bishop failed to conduct adequate background checks on potential employees leading to the employment of admitted sexual abusers. The suit seeks compensation for the victims affected by the hiring practices.
“Now the goals is this, we want the church to come forward and clean things up, to be very transparent. We need the diocese to release that report about Bishop Bransfield. It’s critical that we put a little bit of sunlight on it and that people step up so that we can actually make sure that Justice is being administrated,” said Morrisey.
The lawsuit has been filed with Wood County Circuit Court. The diocese have challenged the attorney general’s assertions and held their own internal investigation. Stay with 12 news for more updates.