WENY News - NY Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe

NY Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe

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UPDATE (2:45 P.M.) The Diocese of Rochester, which covers 12 counties - Steuben, Chemung, Wayne, Schuyler. Tioga, Tompkins, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga and Yates.

"We have received the Attorney General’s subpoena and are reviewing it.  

We have a longstanding policy of cooperation with law enforcement and certainly it will continue in this process. We encourage all victims to report to civil authorities. We report to civil authorities allegations of the sexual abuse of a minor.

A detailed list of our initiatives to protect children can be found at https://www.dor.org/wp-content/uploads/Update-on-Safe-Environment-Efforts2018.pdf"

ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) - New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of her office's investigation into the church's handling of sex abuse allegations.
  
A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press the subpoenas went out Thursday.
  
The subpoenas seek documents relating to sexual abuse allegations, financial payments to possible victims or the findings from internal church investigations.
  
Underwood's office is pursuing a civil investigation into how church leaders responded to reports of abuse.
  
“The Pennsylvania grand jury report shined a light on incredibly disturbing and depraved acts by Catholic clergy, assisted by a culture of secrecy and cover ups in the dioceses. Victims in New York deserve to be heard as well – and we are going to do everything in our power to bring them the justice they deserve,” said Attorney General Underwood. “I urge all victims and anyone else with information to contact our hotline. And make no mistake: the only way that justice can fully and truly be served is for the legislature to finally pass the Child Victims Act.”
  
The announcement comes three weeks after a grand jury investigation found rampant sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by about 300 priests in Pennsylvania.

Victims and anyone with information about abuse can call the hotline at 1-800-771-7755 or file a complaint online at ag.ny.gov/ClergyAbuse. An investigator will review all allegations; the Attorney General and law enforcement partners will seek to protect victims’ and witnesses’ identities.

(Some information taken from the Associated Press) 

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