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"With the crimes that went on here, you'd think these other priests - instead of backing him up - would be out here talking to us," said Lt. Anthony Fluegel of the Pocono Mountains Regional Police, who was a lead detective on the Cochrane case. "Instead, they stuck together and backed each other up.
"There was not one priest from the order or the school that was willing to talk to us. They definitely circled the wagons."
Fluegel and the prosecutor in the case, Sherri A. Stephan, who no longer works in the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, said that law-enforcement officials were shocked when they were told not to attend a meeting with school alumni held shortly after Father Cochrane's arrest, Aug. 6, 1999. The purpose of the meeting was to allow alumni to pass on information or make complaints. A source close to the school said the Monroe investigators were not prohibited from attending the session, but were told they would not be allowed speak.
"I really had a hard time getting a feel for whether we were getting all the information [from the school]," Stephan said. "Anytime we tried to get information about other students, it never went anywhere." . . .