Bishop Finn could face additional charges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bishop Robert W. Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph could face additional charges of child abuse, according to an announcement by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

On Friday, Baker filed a motion to amend the pending misdemeanor charges against Bishop Finn and the Diocese into two misdemeanor counts, each.

"This simply divides the original charge into two separate counts," Baker said in a release. "This is the best approach going into trial."

If granted, the first new charge specifies the period of Dec. 17, 2010, to Feb. 10, 2011, while the second specifies Feb. 11, 2011, to May 18, 2011, according to Baker.

The trial is set for Sept. 24.

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