Minnesota

Lawyer for clergy abuse victims

calls for grand jury reviews

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for victims of clergy sex abuse wants Gov. Mark Dayton to convene grand juries to investigate alleged cover-ups by Catholic bishops in Minnesota.

Attorney Jeff Anderson said Wednesday he was inspired by a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania that showed about 300 priests in the state had molested more than 1,000 children.

The Star Tribune reports that Anderson said the Dioceses of Crookston, St. Cloud and Duluth have not released their files on abusive priests and that they are “holding onto their secrets.” All three dioceses have filed for bankruptcy or announced plans to do so.

But Minnesota’s statutes on grand juries say nothing about governors having the power to call grand juries. That power resides with county attorneys and district judges.

Minn. man sentenced in Texas

for aggravated identity fraud

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — A Minnesota man who authorities say falsely presented himself as a U.S. Navy pilot and defense analyst has been sentenced in Texas to 24 years in prison for stealing from various women he met online.

Forty-seven-year-old Derek Mylan Alldred was sentenced in federal court Wednesday after pleading guilty in December to mail fraud and aggravated identity fraud.

He also was ordered to pay about $255,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say a Dallas-area woman who was dating Allred, who used the name Richard Tailor, filed a police report after becoming suspicious of him.

Investigators discovered he had charged more than $12,000 to her credit card.

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