HARTFORD - The Bridgeport diocese released Tuesday more than 12,000 pages of documents connected to several sexual abuse lawsuits involving priests, ending a protracted legal battle to keep the papers sealed.

Included in the documents are nearly 450 pages of depositions from former Bishop Edward Egan, who has been accused by some victims of trying to cover up the abuse.

Also included is a 1995 deposition from Egan's predecessor, Bishop Walter Curtis, who acknowledges to an attorney that priests found guilty of abuse were reassigned.

In a statement, the diocese says it "has worked and will continue to work diligently and transparently to address the issue of sexual abuse."

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