Clergy Sex Abuse

Activists request investigation of prosecutor's deal with church

Activists are requesting a court investigation of a prosecutor's agreement last year that ended a criminal probe of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The activists asked Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Crush today to appoint a special prosecutor to re-examine the plea agreement. The deal last November allowed the Cincinnati archdiocese to plead to misdemeanor offenses and establish a three million-dollar compensation fund for sex-abuse victims. A support group for people who were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests is questioning whether Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen had a conflict of interest when he reached the agreement with the archdiocese. The Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests says Allen used to work for - and is now being represented by - the Cincinnati law firm Dinsmore and Shohl, which represents the archdiocese. Spokesmen for the prosecutor, the law firm and the archdiocese say there is no conflict of interest.