HOUSTON — A Texas grand jury has declined to indict the onetime deputy to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on fees he intimately assaulted a married girl in an incident that raised questions regarding permission within the #MeToo period.
The Harris County District Attorney’s workplace had presented the situation against Monsignor Frank Rossi on Monday, significantly more than per year after Laura Pontikes filed a unlawful issue with Houston police.
“a jury that is grand presented most of the evidence and determined that no unlawful costs are warranted,” stated Dane Schiller, spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s workplace. “If brand new proof is found at a date that is later prosecutors have the choice of presenting that proof to a different grand jury for consideration.”
Rossi had been for many years the vicar-general to DiNardo, the Catholic archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president associated with U.S. bishops seminar that has been leading the U.S. hierarchy’s reaction to the intimate abuse scandal.
The Associated Press in June reported that Pontikes, a Houston company administrator, had alleged that Rossi manipulated her into a intimate relationship, all while acting as her religious adviser, hearing her confessions, soliciting six-figure donations and counseling her spouse on their distressed wedding.
The archdiocese stated during the time that Rossi’s relationship with Pontikes had been improper but consensual.
Under Texas law, it isn’t a consensual relationship if a clergyman exploits the target’s psychological dependency on him being an adviser that is spiritual. Leggi tutto “Grand jury declines to indict monsignor in permission situation”