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Priest resigns after confessing sex abuse

An eastern Swiss diocese said on Wednesday a priest has resigned after admitting to sexually abusing children in the 1970s.

This content was published on March 17, 2010 - 20:54

The Chur diocese says it approached the priest after being contacted by a victim on Monday.

It said the priest also acknowledged abuses in parts of neighbouring Austria and Germany that belong to the same diocese, and has reported himself to local police.

The statement didn't specify how many cases of abuse were involved.

The Swiss Bishops Conference says there have been 60 alleged victims of abuse by Catholic priests in Switzerland in the last 15 years.

The admission comes amid numerous reports of abuse by Catholic clergy or church employees in Europe.

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