Judge named to sort out redactions in clergy abuse report

Judge John Cleland arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for an appeals hearing for former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in Bellefonte, Pa. Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.

Judge John Cleland arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for an appeals hearing for former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in Bellefonte, Pa. Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The judge who presided over Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation trial will help figure out what can be made public in a grand jury’s report into child sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses.

The state Supreme Court on Monday named McKean County Judge John Cleland to serve as special master.

The court late last week ordered the release of the report, but said names and other identifying information will have to be blacked out regarding priests and others who are challenging the report’s accuracy and fairness as it pertains to them.

If there aren’t any disputes about the redactions, the report will be made public Aug. 8.

The report focuses on allegations of child sexual abuse, and the Supreme Court says it identifies more than 300 “predator priests.”

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