Attorney General plans to investigate state’s dioceses

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office said in a statement to The Record Sept. 12 that its staff members “are working to secure justice for individual survivors who have reached out to the Attorney General’s office.”

Kentucky Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown said the state office has been in contact with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro regarding Pennsylvania’s grand jury report.

The Pennsylvania grand jury report, issued Aug. 14, described a pattern of abuse and subsequent cover-ups by bishops in six Pennsylvania dioceses. The 1,400-page report stemmed from an investigation of those dioceses’ files dating back 70 years and showed abuse by more than 300 priests and more than 1,000 child victims.

“In the near future, we will be preparing draft legislation that allows for a multi-district/statewide grand jury in Kentucky, which was what allowed AG Shapiro to conduct his investigation in Pennsylvania. We look forward to working with and listening to SNAP and any other survivors,” Brown said.

SNAP is the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests.

There are four dioceses in the state of Kentucky: Covington, Lexington, Louisville and Owensboro.

The Archdiocese of Louisville said it “has always cooperated with authorities in its response to sexual abuse and will continue to do so.”

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