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Michigan AG opens investigation into priests accused of sexual abuse

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will investigate all allegations of sexual abuse and assault by Catholic diocesan and religious order priests as well as any attempts to cover up those actions dating back to the 1950s in Michigan.

The attorney general confirmed the investigation Friday in a response to a Freedom of Information Act request from WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.

The state investigation started in August, according to the Freedom of Information Act response. Victims or those with information can confidentially report at Michigan.gov/CI or at (844) 324-3374.

“The department encourages victims of sexual abuse, their families, and others to report any and all information relevant to sexual abuse, assault, or the cover up of such acts,” Schuette’s office wrote.

A recent grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania that revealed hundreds of abuser priests prompted the investigation by Schuette’s office, said spokeswoman Andrea Bitely. The Pennsylvania report, at the very least, served as an acknowledgement of what had occurred there, “an important step for survivors of sexual abuse,” she said.

An investigative team from the attorney general’s office is already working on the review, she said. The office also is supplying about six staffers in Special Prosecutor Bill Forsyth’s $1 million probe into the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal at Michigan State University.

Read more at Detroit News. 

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