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Sexual Assault Subpoenas Issued to All New York Catholic Dioceses by NY Attorney General

As reported by U.S. News, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Washington Post, and numerous other outlets, a major investigation has been launched in New York looking into allegations of widespread sex crimes committed by Catholic Church priests that were subsequently covered up by church leadership. Sources indicate that the NY AG’s office issued civil subpoenas to all eight Catholic dioceses in New York state, following close on the heels of “shocking” grand jury reports in Pennsylvania of predator priests in more than 1,000 incidents involving approximately 300 priests across that state. As NBC posted, “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.”

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.

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