Pennsylvania Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse transferred to Reno in 1991

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According to a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania’s Catholic Church, one of the priests in the report was transferred to a Diocese of Reno in 1991.

The report details abuse by the Reverend Ernest C. Paone was ordained in 1957 and was assigned to five separate parishes within the first nine years of his ministry.

The report had no information on which church Paone was transferred to Reno or any other details while he was here.

In March of 1992, Paone took a leave of absence from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for "reasons of health."

According to the report, Paone died on May 10, 2012.

A sweeping state grand jury report released Tuesday says those children are among the victims of roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania who molested more than 1,000 children, and possibly many more, since the 1940s.

The report accuses senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., of systematically covering up complaints.

The grand jury notes that dioceses have established internal processes and seem to refer complaints to law enforcement more promptly, but says individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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