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Church convicts Catholic ex-priest of abusing boy for years

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BERLIN (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Germany says a former priest has been convicted in a church trial of sexually abusing a minor over several years almost three decades ago. The diocese of Limburg said in statement Tuesday that the man, who wasn’t identified, was ordered to pay 10% of his income to a charitable organization that helps victims of abuse. The male victim had filed a complaint about the abuse in 2018 following the publication of a study into sexual abuse within the church. German prosecutors declined to open an investigation because the alleged crimes had passed the 20-year statute of limitations. But the Limburg diocese, where the crimes were committed between 1986 and 1993,  launched a probe. The verdict cannot be appealed.

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