Massachusetts AG Office Failed to Produce Reports on Clergy Sex Abuse, Survivors Say

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July 20, 2023

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in three prominent Massachusetts dioceses were interviewed by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office over two years ago, but the AG’s office failed to produce reports on the dioceses, Nancy Eve Cohen reports for New England Public Media.

Skip Shea, who was first abused at the age of 11, said he “doesn’t know who is stopping this [report].” He was interviewed in 2001 [error for 2021] by the MA attorney general’s office and spoke directly with a state police officer about his abuse at the hands of three priests. Investigators were compassionate and took notes, Shea said, but nothing ever came of his interview. A spokesperson for the new attorney general declined to comment on whether the AG’s office was working on reports on the Worcester, Springfield, and Fall River dioceses.