New York AG Launching Investigation into Clergy Abuse

The New York Attorney General’s Office will be investigating claims of child sex abuse within the New York dioceses of the Catholic Church.

AG Barbara Underwood announced Thursday that her office has created a hotline. The hotline number is (800) 771-7755; the website to file a complaint online is here.

All eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state have been subpoenaed 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 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.

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