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Lynch statement on requested Diocese probe

From the office of AG Patrick Lynch:

Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch issued the following statement concerning information that was released today by the organization BishopAccountability.org in which the Diocese of Providence allegedly admits to many more priests having been accused of sexual misconduct in the last 35 years than the Diocese has previously disclosed to the Department of Attorney General:

 

“Over the years, including years preceding my administration, this office has requested and received from the Diocese of Providence the names of priests who have been accused of sexual crimes against children. In every instance, we conducted a thorough review of the name provided. In no instance did we find that information provided by the Diocese was inaccurate or untrue.

 

“If, however, through the information released today by BishopAccountability.org, we find that the Diocese has withheld names and/or has not been fully candid in the many conversations we’ve had over time, this will be very troubling news. Nothing is as repugnant to me as adults who abuse their positions of respect and authority and molest children. We will review this newly disclosed information very carefully, we will pursue all credible leads, and, if appropriate, we will prosecute any and all resulting cases to the fullest extent of the law.”

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