More charges likely in Catholic sex-abuse investigation, attorney general says

Grand Rapids Press

June 18, 2019

By Julie Mack

The state is continuing its investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests and more criminal charges are likely to be filed, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.

“We’re continuing to review documents and information, including information we’ve received on our tip line,” Nessel said during a visit to Kalamazoo Monday. “I think we’ll be seeing some additional charges.”

She praised state lawmakers for their support of more funding for the investigation. “That’s very helpful,” she said, allowing her office to have more staff dedicated to the statewide investigation, which began in August 2018 under then-Attorney General Bill Schuette.

That investigation is looking into alleged sexual abuse by Catholic priests dating back to 1950 in Michigan’s seven Catholic dioceses, including cases that were possibly covered up by church leaders.

Last month, Nessel announced charges that five men who were priests in Michigan have been charged with 21 counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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