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Closing arguments are expected tomorrow in the case of a man suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vermont over his alleged molestation by a priest more than 30 years ago.

James Turner, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, accuses the diocese of covering up and failing to respond to the Alfred Willis’ sexual misconduct.

A former Chittenden County state’s attorney on Friday challenged claims that then-Bishop John Marshall tried to prevent a potential criminal child sex abuse charge against Willis.

A former deputy prosecutor had testified that in 1978, Marshall implied to then-State’s Attorney Mark Keller that he would be committing a “sin of scandal” if he chose to prosecute Willis.

Keller told the jury he remembered the meeting with diocesan officials but did not recall hearing the term “sin of scandal.”

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