N.O. area DAs say no new clergy sex abuse reported, but most evade questions on widespread probe

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

September 21, 2018

By Robert Rhoden

Several New Orleans area district attorneys say they have received no new cases of clergy sex abuse in the weeks since a Pennsylvania report named more than 300 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children, reigniting the Catholic Church’s crisis over clergy abuse.

But most district attorneys in the area did not respond to questions on whether they are considering launching a widespread probe of clergy abuse and possible cover up by church officials in their respective jurisdictions, like investigations started in other parts of the country.

The top prosecutors in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes said they’ve received no new complaints of abuse but would thoroughly investigate any allegations brought before their offices. The Plaquemines Parish DA’s Office said only that it has not received any allegations or complaints of clergy abuse in 2018.

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