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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former Indian Health Services pediatrician convicted of molesting Native American boys to more than 18 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris also fined 70-year-old Stanley Patrick Weber $200,000 when he handed down the sentence for abusing several boys in his care on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation between 1992 and 1995.

Jensen was a former high school athletic trainer at Custer County District High School in Miles City, where the original abuse allegedly took place.
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  A former Montana high school athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing students under the guise of boosting their athletic performance was arrested Thursday after investigators found child pornography in his room in a Miles City retirement home, authorities said.

Seventy-eight-year-old James Jensen was put in jail with a $100,000 bond and charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing the pornography.

St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius Montana.
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Thirty one members of the Jesuit Order who served in Montana are on a list of those with “credible claims” of sexual abuse against them released on Friday.

The list from the Jesuits West Province includes 111 members from 10 western states that the Order says possibly or did abuse minors or vulnerable adults.

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a plan for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings to pay $20 million to 86 people who said clergy sexually assaulted them when they were children. The bankruptcy plan was approved Tuesday in Butte.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls and Billings reached a $20 million settlement agreement Friday with more than 80 people who say they were sexually abused by clergy as children, according to attorneys in the case.

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A Montana Roman Catholic diocese is filing for bankruptcy protection as part of an unfolding settlement with 72 people who filed sex abuse claims.

Darren Eultgen is Chancellor of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. Eultgen says the diocese and its insurance carriers would contribute to a fund to compensate victims and set aside additional money for those who have not yet come forward:

In 1988, when you were a young Catholic priest, the child sex abuse scandal hit. You urged cooperation, not confrontation, but the church took a different path. Now, you’re a bishop and the scandal explodes in your diocese. What do you do? Bishop George Thomas is the guest on this week's "Home Ground Radio".

02/22/2015 - Segment 1:  Culture of Secrecy Leaves Door Open for Sex Abuse; Segment 2: Torture Tactics Go Beyond the CIA; Segment 3: Duking it out With Telecom Giants

http://www.revealnews.org/episodes/the-secrets-of-church-state-and-business/

Legislators Debate Changes To Sexual Abuse Prosecutions

Jan 28, 2015
Sen. Jennifer Fielder (R) SD7
Montana Legislature

Brian Kahn talks with Dana Toole, Bureau Chief of the Children's Justice Bureau in the Montana Department of Justice, and Rep. Jenny Eck, member of the Montana Legislature. The topic: initiatives at the DOJ to improve how the department responds to victims of child sexual abuse, and prevention strategies.

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