Providence Catholic diocese agrees to report all sex abuse allegations to attorney general

Providence Journal

Posted Aug. 31, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has agreed to notify the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General of any allegations of sexual abuse of a minor under new protocols announced Wednesday morning.

Under current protocols, the diocese reports each allegation to law enforcement.

“The Letter of Understanding with the Office of the Attorney General concerning the reporting of incidents of sexual abuse of minors comes after many months, even years, of reflection and discussion,” said Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, in a joint news release. “I am grateful to the Attorney General and his staff, and the staff of the Diocese of Providence, for their commitment to this task. The agreement affirms and builds upon the longstanding policy and practice of the Diocese of Providence to report each and every allegation of sexual misconduct with minors to law enforcement officials. I believe that the new agreement will serve as a useful model and an inspiration for other organizations in reporting such incidents as well.”

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