Missouri Attorney General Hawley opens investigation into Missouri Catholic Churches

The Missouri Attorney General will investigate alleged abuses within Missouri Roman Catholic churches.

Posted: Aug. 23, 2018 10:32 PM
Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 10:40 PM

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)- Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Thursday he is beginning an investigation into alleged sexual abuse cases within some Missouri Roman Catholic churches.

After a Pennsylvania grand jury revealed decades of sexual abuse within the Church, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis sent a letter to Hawley, requesting his office investigate allegations within their church.

The church also pledged to open up its records and be as transparent as possible.

"While we don't know the protocols yet that the Attorney General's office will use," Archbishop Robert Carlson said, "Any files that they want to see will be available to them."

Attorney General Hawley has also said he invites other dioceses to cooperate with the investigation in order that the report may be state-wide.

And though state law does not allow the Missouri Attorney General's office to proseucte, Hawley said his office will provide legal proposals that local prosecutors can use.

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