Advocates For Victims Of Priest Abuse Call On Giuliani To Fire Childhood Friend

Garden City, NY (AP) -- Advocates for victims of abuse by Catholic clergy want Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani to fire a priest who was suspended from the church and then hired by the ex-mayor's security consulting business.

A spokeswoman for Giuliani said the firm had no plans to fire Monsignor Alan Placa, who is a childhood friend of Giuliani’s.

Placa, also a lawyer, has defended himself for years over allegations in a grand jury report that detailed decades-old abuses by priests in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York.

None of the priests were ever prosecuted or even identified because statutes of limitations had expired long before the district attorney's investigation.

Placa later admitted that he was implicated in the grand jury report, but denied he ever abused children.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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