ST. PAUL, MN (KPLR) - Shocking testimony from St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson during deposition a child abuse case.
At question was Carlson claiming there was a time he did not know having sex with a child is a crime.
Archbishop Robert Carlson, St. Louis Archdiocese: Archbishop you knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a kid. I'm not sure if I knew or not, that it was a crime. I understand today it's a crime. When did you first discern that it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a child? I don't remember. When did you first discern that it was a crime for a priest to engage in sex with a kid, who he had under his control? I don't remember that either.
The Archbishop was deposed last month in a case against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where Carlson investigated allegations of abuse from 1979 to 1994.
Our partners at the Post Dispatch report Carlson said, "I don't remember" nearly 200 times while under oath.
In a statement, the Archdiocese of St. Louis says Carlson testified in the same case decades ago, adding, "In this most recent deposition, while not being able to recall his knowledge of the law exactly as it was many decades ago, the Archbishop did make clear that he knows child sex abuse is a crime today."