Episcopal bishop defrocked in cover-up

October 3, 2008 9:41:57 AM PDT
An Episcopal bishop in Pennsylvania has been defrocked after a church panel found him guilty of covering up his brother's assaults of a teenage girl in the 1970s.

Church documents released Friday say 64-year-old Charles Bennison Jr. should no longer serve as a member of the clergy.

The church panel chose the harshest sentence for Bennison, who has been bishop of the nation's fifth-largest Episcopal diocese. He could have been reprimanded or suspended.

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