Kane to announce charges involving a religious order
March 15, 2016

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, in Feb. 2016.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane will announce "criminal charges related to a major investigation" of a religious order this morning during a stop in Johnstown.

The announcement about the Franciscans, set for 10:30 a.m. at the University of Pittsburgh's Johnstown Living Learning Center, comes two weeks after Kane released a grand jury report accusing dozens of priests in the Roman Catholic diocese of Altoona-Johnstown of either sexually abusing children or covering up the abuse.

After a two-year investigation, a statewide grand jury found that hundreds of children were abused over 40 years, while several diocesan leaders hid the horrors to protect the priests.

Two weeks ago, Kane said many of the crimes couldn't be prosecuted because many alleged abusers had died, the statute of limitations for the crimes expired, and many victims remained too traumatized to testify in court.



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