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Mahony To Be Deposed About Handling Of Alleged Sex Abuse Case

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Cardinal Roger Mahony will be deposed this month as part of a clergy abuse lawsuit set for trial in April.

A lawyer for a person who is alleging to have been abused by the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera said Friday that an agreement has been reached that will allow him to question the cardinal about his handling of the case.

According to the Associated Press, Aguilar Rivera was a visiting Mexican priest in 1987 suspected of molesting 26 children during his nine-month stay.

The AP report says Aguilar Rivera fled to Mexico a year later after parents complained and remains a fugitive with warrants out for his arrest in both the U.S. and Mexico.

The cardinal’s deposition is slated for Feb. 23, days before he is expected to travel to Rome to help select the next pope.

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