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Secret files detailed in Philadelphia priest trial

Decades of secret files presented to jurors in Philadelphia priest-abuse trial By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' Philadelphia prosecutors are showing jurors how a priest with a history of child-molestation complaints was reassigned each time a new allegation arose.

The Rev. Francis Trauger was transferred eight times during his clerical career, each time without a warning to the parish.

Hundreds of documents are being presented to a jury in the trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the archdiocese's secretary of clergy from 1992 to 2004.

Lynn is the first Roman Catholic official in the U.S. charged with endangering children for allegedly transferring priests suspected of molestation. His attorneys insist that Lynn tried to drum out predator priests but his efforts were hindered by his superiors.

He is on trial with the Rev. James Brennan, who is charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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