New Jersey Attorney General to Investigate Sex-Abuse Allegations Among Catholic Clergy

New Jersey will investigate allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, following a report by a grand jury in Pennsylvania that found more than 1,000 victims there over 70 years.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said he’s forming his own task force, which could use subpoenas and other investigative methods to uncover evidence that it would present to a state grand jury. The task force is to look into allegations of abuse as well as attempts to cover up incidents, Grewal’s office said in a news release.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a two-year investigation into abuses in his state that culminated last month in a grand jury report that found hundreds of victims, evidence of a cover-up by church leaders and accusations of sexual abuse against at least four priests who spent part of their ministries in New Jersey. Some 300 Pennsylvania priests were implicated.