Is the Utah Attorney General’s Office investigating clergy sex abuse? Maybe.

ABC4 News

April 1, 2019

By Andrew Reeser

At least 15 state attorneys general have publicized investigations into clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Utah’s attorney general won’t comment on whether his office is or isn’t investigating clergy abuse, but the investigations chief Monday said stopping child abuse in Utah is a top priority for the office.

ABC4 News questioned Attorney General Sean Reyes’ Chief of Investigations Leo Lucey Monday about whether the office was pursuing active cases of Catholic priest abuse.

“I can’t talk about any open investigations,” said Lucey. “For us to open a case we have to have a complaint and somebody that allegedly committed a crime and a location and we would initiate our process from there.”

“In the interest of protecting the innocent and bringing criminals to justice, we do not discuss ongoing investigations,” according to the Attorney General’s Office website.

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