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Statement Released By Diocese of Covington On Lawsuit

Nov. 15, 2007

We regret that this family chose to name the Diocese and the principal of Covington Catholic High School as defendants in this lawsuit. We believe that the Diocese and the school complied fully with their legal obligations to report suspected child abuse by the parent of a student at a private residence.

The principal of Covington Catholic High School, Michael Clines, reported this matter to the Kenton County Department for Community Based Services on Oct. 19, 2006 shortly after he learned of it from a parent in the school. When the Kenton County Department of Community Based Services informed him a week and a half later that they would not investigate the report because the student was a resident in Campbell County, Mr. Clines reported the matter that same day to the Campbell County Department for Community Based Services. After several follow up calls to both the Kenton County and the Campbell County Departments for Community Based Services, Mr. Clines called the Kenton County police and the Park Hills police to make a further report.

The authorities were provided with all the information available to Mr. Clines and the Diocese at that time, and we believe that the Diocese and Covington Catholic High School cooperated fully in this investigation.

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