Catholic abuse investigations: Who's next?

In addition to New York and New Jersey, state inquiries are under way or are in the works in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and New Mexico.

By Alex Johnson, September 6, 2018, NBC News

New York and New Jersey on Thursday raised to seven the number of states whose attorneys general have said they are reviewing Roman Catholic dioceses for cases of sexual misconduct by clergy — and several other states could join that growing list.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Thursday that since the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report last month — which accused more than 300 priests of having abused more than 1,000 children over 70 years — "more than a dozen attorneys general and a senior official at the Department of Justice have reached out to me."

Shapiro didn't identify those officials, and tracking down all of the states that have begun formal investigations is nearly impossible. Many states don't confirm, deny or comment on active investigations or grand jury proceedings, and in others, the attorney general's authority is limited to . . .

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