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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 26, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 348 Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Friday Aug 50 cents Monsignor Was a pastor at St Patrick Catholic Church in Kokomo By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer An estimated 300 parishioners of St Patrick Catholic Church gathered Thursday night to hear their bishop discuss allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior made against Monsignor Arthur Sego Sego was a priest and pastor at St Patrick 1229 N Washington from 19691984 Bishop of the Lafayette Catholic Diocese of Indiana William Higi called for the special private meet ing St Patricks pastor the Rev Francis I Kilcline sent out letters to all parishioners of the church at the bishops request I thought we were able to accomplish what we were set out to do to help peo ple deal with their Kil cline said this morning This is a beginning of a long process to help these After the twoand a halfhour meeting Higi said The meeting did not deal with the allegations or the priest but it focused on the feeling people were having when they heard the news Professional counselors were called upon to assist the community in their reac tions and the reality of the he said Were here to reach out to the sensitivity of the people who feel victimized and to reach out to the priest who is Higi said he wanted to call this meeting to discuss this with the parishioners before it became public in the media According to a person who attended the meeting who asked not to be identified the bishop told members allegations against Sego surfaced in April The bish op who said Sego was his best friend said he thought it had been worked out but the allegations resurfaced in June Higi asked for Segos resignation in July No criminal charges have been filed After the meeting Higi said he was notified of the allegations by Sego after Sego was contacted by legal counsel He also said Sego resigned his pastorate at Saint Boniface in Lafayette where he had been from July 1992 to July 30 once he heard the allegations A meeting similar to the one in Kokomo is to take place at Saint Boniface tonight He is stressed by the situation and because of this he resigned and currently is in a therapeutic the bishop said The bish op said he worked with Sego in 1984 when he was part of the staff When asked how he reacted to the news the bishop said Im experiencing the same emotions as all the other people here Hav ing this happen in a faith commu nity like this is like a family mem ber being he said Audit of prosecutors office nearly finished Final report might not be issued ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer As it has numerous times before the State Board of Accounts said Thursday it is close to finishing its audit of the Howard County Prosecutors Office But this time the auditors mean it according to Deputy Examiner Charles has han dled the audit since it began in January The final audit could be released in three weeks or Sept 15 Johnson said A new wrinkle has been added to the continuing saga as Johnson now says a final report may not be issued at all if the board is satis fied with Howard County Prose cutor James D Andrews response to the findings The audit in question is a sup plemental report to the annual county audit mat was completed earlier this year A supplemental audit is done on any department that we feel warrants Johnson said He refused to elabo rate on what areas in the prosecu tors audit warranted further examination Johnson said he has not been directed by the governors office or any other entity to stall the reports completion The delays have come because other federal audits which must be done on entities who receive federal fund ing such as schools have taken priority he said A lot of people dont realize and I dont expect them to sympa thize with our workload down Johnson said Throughout the state we process reports a of course we try to do our best job we can for the citi Johnson said hell have the final report done in about a week and will then send it to Andrews Andrews according to state law will then have two weeks to return it to the State Board of Accounts with his comments on its findings Johnson said Andrews already has the board s preliminary report but said he could not release it because it is stamped Johnson said state law requires the board to withhold the audit until it is in its final form However State Examiner Don Euratte said earlier that the law is silent on whether Andrews could release the preliminary Xrt When asked to explain t that meant Euratte said Andrews could release it but the board does not recommend that any officeholder release any pre liminary findings Inside todays Tribune Business GM UAW strike at Anderson that idled 13 plants Sty la movement in fee 90s is fractured Bl Sports Indianapolis Colts stay per fect in preseason Alio Inside Business Classified Dr Uctl News at Holding RUSSIAVILLE Ind Western freshman Jake Lipinski wraps a pad around the south end goal post at the Western football field Thursday Lipinski was helping to prepare the field for tonights opening game with Madison Grant All of the area high school football teams begin play at Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Cuban refugee price tag million a month from Uncle Sam WASHINGTON AP The Pentagon says it will cost roughly million a month to run an expanded Cuban refugee camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station and it may have to call up reserve forces if the Caribbean island exo dus continues The military on Thursday scrambled to transport the huge amounts of equipment and sup plies needed to expand the deten tion camps at Guantanamo Bay from the current capacity to between and Some to extra soldiers are expected to be sent to Guantanamo to help the sol diers already there officials said Pentagon spokesman Dennis Boxx estimated it would cost million to set up expanded camps for the Cubans assuming their numbers do not exceed This is essentially a small city were going to be said Marine Corps Lt Gen John Shee han who is overseeing the opera tion for the Joint Chiefs of Staff President Clinton made it clear any discussions with Cuba would be limited to immigration issues not lifting economic sanctions I think Mr Castro knows the conditions for chang ing that Clinton said The people of Cuba want democ racy and free He urged Americans to be firm and calm about what is going on here In a speech Wednes day night Fidel Castro said the only way to solve the refugee cri sis was for the United States to open talks with Havana Increasingly vehement gov ernment radio broadcasts mean while have been warning Cubans against trying to flee by boat Radio Marti beaming the mes sage day and night has been high lighting incidents in which boat people have washed ashore in Cuba or died after rescue because of dehydration or other causes Aerial spotters have gone on the air to tell Cubans the sea of rafts in the Florida Straits was far more than Coast Guard rescuers could handle Were working our people says Dick Lobo director of the Office of Cuba Broadcast ing Radio Marti took steps to overcome airwave jamming by Cuba Meanwhile 49 of the Cubans who made it across to shores were taken to an immigration facility at Port Isabel Texas the first movement outside Florida About Cuban boat people were at Guantanamo Bay as of midday Thursday and more than more were aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships headed there the Pentagon said Democrats find a silver bullet billion anticrime bill heading toward law WASHINGTON AP Cli maxing a partisan electionyear struggle a billion crime bill is headed for President desk The measure promises money for more police officers and tougher terms for criminals This crime bill is going to make every neighborhooa in America safer and the bipartisan spirit that produced it should give every American hope that we can come together to do the job they sent us here to Clinton said in a writ ten statement shortly alter the Senate gave final approval to the bill The vote was 6138 as lawmak ers responded to voter anxiety about crime But it also belied an intense battle waged over the measure for months in horn hous es and particularly in the past two How they voted By The Associated Press Republican Sens Dan Coats and Richard Lugar voted against he billion crime bill mat passed the Senate on a 6138 vote Thursday night Coats and Lugar have said the bill was too costly and was not tough enough on crime weeks Fiftyfour Democrats and Republicans voted for the ball Thirtysix Republicans and two Democrats voted against Shortly before final passage the neiHQfraticrontroHfo Senate choked off a National Rifle Asso ciationbacked effort to kill the measure because of opposition to a ban on many assaultstyle weapons earlier Senate Democ rats bolstered by six Republicans prevailed over a GOP attempt to open up the measure to last minute changes The vote was 61 38 one more than the 60 needed There is no doubt about Senate GOP leader Bob Dole said as he tried unsuccessfully to force votes to reduce spending and toughen sentencing requirements Signaling mat the issue would resurface in the fall election cam paigns Dole said well have some examples in the 30second an apparent reference to campaign commercials Democrats said the measure was plenty tough as written Sen Joseph Biden chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee called it a tough bill a straight forward bill that the cops want me prosecutors want and the peo ple In the final words of debate Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell said 77 percent of the American people favor an assault weapons ban die very thing that for six years has been the dri ving force in to mis bill right to the very
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