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Fresno police have dismissed a mentally ill woman´s claim that she was molested 32 years ago by Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony.

Lieutenant Dwayne Johnson says there´s no physical evidence, and no witnesses to support the allegation made by Flora Mae Hickman last month.

Hickman said Mahony sexually assaulted her when she was a student at San Joaquin Memorial Catholic High School in 1969. She said she was knocked unconscious while fighting with students and woke to find her bottom garment removed and Mahony, then a monsignor, “over her.”

Police interviewed teachers who worked at the school at the time, sought documents supporting the woman´s claims and considered her credibility.

Hickman says she´s been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

She had told reporters she was molested by fellow students, family members and co-workers at a fast food restaurant.

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