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Catholic Diocese of Richmond releases list of clergy accused of child abuse

Advocates for victims of child abuse still have concerns after the two Catholic dioceses in Virginia released the names of 58 clergy who church officials said had been credibly accused of sexual abuse against a minor.

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By Emily Holter and Rodney Robinson

Advocates for victims of child abuse still have concerns after the two Catholic dioceses in Virginia released the names of 58 clergy who church officials said had been credibly accused of sexual abuse against a minor.

The Diocese of Richmond issued a list of 42 names along with a letter of apology to the family and children affected. “To those who experienced abuse from clergy, I am truly, deeply sorry. I regret that you have to bear the burden of the damage you suffered at the hands of those you trusted,” Bishop Barry C. Knestout stated in Wednesday’s letter.

The Diocese of Arlington posted the names of 16 clergy members “credibly accused of child sexual abuse.” Bishop Michael Burbidge said in an accompanying letter, “The publishing of this list will bring a range of emotions for all of us. Embarrassment, frustration, anger and hurt are all natural emotions to experience in a time such as this. I share those emotions.”

Camille Cooper, director of government affairs for the National Association to Protect Children, said the action by church officials was overdue.

“It’s about time in terms of them being willing to come forward and make an apology,” she said.

But Cooper added, “I don’t think it goes far enough. I have concerns about what they define as credible and substantiated — that’s not very clear.”

In September, Knestout said the church would audit clergy files in the wake of several sexual child abuse cases and release names of offenders.

The Richmond diocese covers more than 140 parishes in the northern and south-central areas of Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. The Arlington diocese includes the northeast corner of the state.

The lists released Wednesday include names of clergy who are deceased or have been convicted, suspended or removed dating back to the 1940s. These are clergy “against whom a credible and substantiated allegation was made,” according to church officials.

Priests can be removed from the priesthood only by the Vatican. Although a bishop can suspend priests for their actions, they must receive financial “sustenance” under church law, according to Knestout.

In October, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office and the Virginia State Police were investigating sexual abuse within the Richmond and Arlington dioceses.

“If there has been abuse or cover-up in Virginia, I want to know about it, I want to root it out, and I want survivors to get justice and get on to a path of healing,” Herring said at the time.

His action came after a grand jury in Pennsylvania found “credible” evidence that more than 300 “predator priests” in Pennsylvania sexually abused more than 1,000 children since the 1940s.

Virginia is one of 13 states that have launched investigations.

The Virginia State Police have set up a toll-free hotline at 1-833-454-9064 and a website, www.virginiaclergyhotline.com, to take reports about child sexual abuse by clergy.

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Four charged for throwing objects at restaurant patrons, rocks at police car, and assaulting officer Tuesday night

On Tuesday night a group of individuals walked through Richmond, eventually damaging vehicles and buildings in several areas in the city and causing unrest. Four were arrested.

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On Tuesday night a group of individuals walked through Richmond, eventually damaging vehicles and buildings in several areas in the city and causing unrest. Four were arrested.

After leaving Monroe Park, the group headed west along West Main Street. At approximately 9:54 p.m., individuals in the group were observed throwing objects at patrons at a restaurant. Soon after, officers observed an individual throw a large stone and damage an RPD K-9 vehicle. A photo of the stone that was recovered is attached. Later, that same individual was seen throwing an object against a business. As officers moved to arrest this individual, a group member assaulted an officer.

An unlawful assembly was not declared and no chemical agents were deployed.

The Department consulted with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney on possible charges and charged four individuals. Their photos are attached.

Paxton Chapman was charged with obstruction of justice, carrying a concealed weapon, and pedestrian in the roadway.

Saraswati Rowe was charged with obstructing free passage.

Harrison Sellers was charged with inciting a riot and throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle.

Michael Toney was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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Arrest made in Chamberlayne Avenue homicide

Richmond Police detectives have made an arrest in the homicide of Estelle Pugh that occurred earlier this month on Chamberlayne Avenue.

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From Richmond Police:

Richmond Police detectives have made an arrest in the homicide of Estelle Pugh that occurred earlier this month on Chamberlayne Avenue.

Louis Ellis, Jr. surrendered to authorities in Florida after Richmond Police Department detectives, investigating the homicide, originally charged Ellis with felony credit card fraud in connection with the murder. His booking photo is attached.

Ellis has now been charged with first degree murder and felony assault after a welfare check was conducted and Pugh was found murdered at approximately 8:22 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6, in an apartment in the 3600 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call Detective A. Sleem at (804) 815-7123 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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VIDEO: Police seeking suspect in armed robbery at convenience store on Mechanicsville Turnpike

Just after 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 20, an unknown male entered the 804 Market in the 1600 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike. He displayed a handgun, gave the clerk a plastic bag, and told him to fill it with money.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the photos and video who is the suspect in a commercial robbery that occurred earlier this month.

Just after 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 20, an unknown male entered the 804 Market in the 1600 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike. He displayed a handgun, gave the clerk a plastic bag, and told him to fill it with money. The suspect then fled with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen running east on Fairfield Avenue.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call First Precinct Detective D. Jones at (804) 646-0689 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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