SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California newspaper has released a list of more than 40 Sacramento-area priests accused of sexual abuse.

The Sacramento Bee published the list Tuesday containing the names of 44 priests and two permanent deacons in the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.

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They were credibly accused of sexually abusing about 130 victims in the past 70 years.

The newspaper says it obtained the records gathered by the church after Bishop Jaime Soto last year ordered staff members to go through personnel files and compile the list.

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The Sacramento diocese stretches from Vallejo in the San Francisco Bay Area to the Oregon border.

Diocesan spokesman Kevin Eckery says the records of the men who have served in the diocese were examined by church officials and former FBI agent Kathleen McChesney.

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