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It took more than 30 years for Michael Harmon to come forward with his story about being abused by a priest in Albany. Now, he’s telling his story. Harmon had attended the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, and filed a charge against a member of the church, Edward Pratt.

Harmon says that when he was a child, he was sexually abused by Pratt, and tried to tell the bishop of the church. However, the bishop allegedly told him that Harmon was going to be placed under arrest if he escalated his complaint. Harmon wasn’t the first person to come forth with allegations against Pratt, either.

Mary DeTurris Poust of the church said that “Edward Pratt was permanently removed by Bishop Howard J. Hubbard in 2002 following credible allegations of sexual abuse against minors.” She added that “We continue to be horrified by reports of child sexual abuse, even years after the fact. We want to walk with survivors and try to help them bring some measure of healing to the scars we know can never be completely removed from their lives.”

“Each time we have to revisit a story like this, we are angered and saddened anew by the way these survivors were robbed of their innocence and their childhoods, the way their families and their futures were ripped apart,” she continued. “Know that Bishop Edward Scharfenberger and the Diocese of Albany are actively working to do whatever we can to bring healing and justice to those who were sexually abused by clergy in this Diocese.”

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