BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport presented the results of its independent investigation into claims that church officials covered up sex abuse among clergy leaders.
On Tuesday morning, church officials revealed that since 1953, nearly 300 individuals were abused by 71 priests.
According to the investigation reports, the abuse ranged from kissing and fondling to rape. The ages of victims ranging from five to 18.
The report also showed previous bishops Edward Egan and Walter Curtis failed to report the abuse to authorities.
The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano said their responses to the allegations were inadequate and hostile.
“I pledge to you my own personal pledge and the pledge of this diocese that we will accompany you in any way we can on the road to healing,” he said to the victims … The church has been changed for perhaps the rest of our lifetimes and beyond because the evil in crime in the abuse of minors,” said Caggiano.