Former FBI special agent talks Diocese of Buffalo scandal


Sept. 6, 2019

By Mike Baggerman

With the FBI reportedly investigating the Diocese of Buffalo in its role in the clergy sex abuse scandal over the last year, former FBI agent in Buffalo, Peter Ahearn, said it’s hard to say how long the investigation will take.

Channel 7 and The Buffalo News have both reported that agents spoke with victims of clergy sex abuse in Buffalo, who said they’re looking for proof of a cover-up in the diocesan ranks.

“If they are (doing an investigation), they’re going to be very thorough and follow the trail wherever it takes it,” Ahearn told WBEN by phone. “If it’s a one-allegation type of issue and it’s not anywhere else, the case could move quickly. If there’s an allegation that one person did something to another person -in this case a priest or something else- they’re going to look at it the same way.”

Ahearn said an FBI investigation into the Diocese is no different than any other type of investigation they do. They’ll deal with allegations and interview witnesses. The FBI will then work with the US Attorney’s Office to bring charges against the organization. The US Attorneys Office would not confirm or deny any investigations into the Diocese of Buffalo.

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