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Buffalo Diocese releases new adult sexual misconduct policy

I-Team reported on predatory priests
Posted: 3:51 PM, Sep 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-24 18:19:29-04
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Diocese of Buffalo on Tuesday released two new documents dealing with sexual misconduct and abuse by diocesan priests.

The first document contains a policy and procedures for adult sexual misconduct and abuse.

"Sexual misconduct includes consensual sexual relationships between non-married people bound by vows or promises of chaste celibacy," the policy states. "An adult will never be considered to have consented when the inappropriate activity arises in the course of pastoral or counseling activities."

The second document is a code of conduct for clergy.

"Clergy members must not, for sexual gain or intimacy, exploit the trust placed in them by the faith community," the document states.

Bishop Malone addresses the documents in a YouTube video. Click here to view that video.

You can view both documents in their entirety below.

The policies come more than a year after a 7 Eyewitness News I-Team investigation revealed Bishop Richard J. Malone allowed the Rev. Robert Yetter to remain pastor of an Amherst church despite multiple adult sexual misconduct allegations.