Victims’ group must reveal records in priest case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims are being ordered to disclose years of records to defense lawyers for an accused clergyman.

A county judge in Missouri says lawyers for the accused reverend have a right to the documents from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a man who says the reverend molested him. Defense lawyers say the accuser’s attorney violated a judge’s gag order by giving case details to SNAP.

SNAP says the disclosure order is so broad it could involve sensitive communication with victims in other cases and email correspondence with reporters.

The order says SNAP must produce the documents and the group’s director must appear for a deposition Tuesday. SNAP has appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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