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Abusive priest sent to Missouri facility

April 5, 2006

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— A former Roman Catholic priest who served five years in prison for molesting three altar boys and a fourth young man will spend the rest of his life at a facility for abusive priests.

Robert Larson was released from Lansing Correctional Facility last week. His attorney reached an agreement Monday with Atty. Gen. Phill Kline to permanently house him at the St. John Vianney Renewal Center near Dittmer, Mo.

Kline had sought to have 76-year-old Larson designated a sexual predator and confined indefinitely for treatment, but that would have violated the terms of a 2001 plea agreement, prompting the attorney general to compromise.

Larson's attorney, Dan Monnat, said his client would not be able to leave the St. John Vianney facility without strict supervision to ensure he has no contact with minors.

Larson pleaded guilty in 2001 in Harvey County District Court to abusing three altar boys and a 19-year-old man while he was pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Newton in the mid-1980s.

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