Heidi Kinchen / The New Orleans Advocate

BATON ROUGE -- A legal battle over whether a Louisiana priest should have reported a teenager's claims of sexual abuse by a parishioner is pitting state laws meant to protect children against the age-old secrecy surrounding religious confessions.

The case involves a woman who claims that in 2008, when she was 14, she told her pastor she was sexually abused by a now-deceased church parishioner, but that the priest, the Rev. Jeff Bayhi of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Clinton, told her to 'sweep it under the floor and get rid of it.'

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