The Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday that its agents have begun 74 investigations into allegations of Catholic Church clergy sexual abuse.
Since February, the agency has received 119 reports of alleged abuse.
From these reports, noted the KBI, they initiated 74 different investigations into possible clergy abuse, taking place across 33 counties in Kansas.
“Victims are asked to report all incidents of sexual abuse that involve a member of the clergy, no matter how long ago the incident occurred, and even if it was previously reported to law enforcement or the church,” stated the KBI.
KBI agents added that they were still taking reports of sexual abuse and expect the investigations to take a long time to be resolved.
Last November, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asked the KBI to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
In February, the agency announced that it was initiating an investigation into claims of sexual abuse and was asking victims of abuse to contact them.
“The KBI task force will work with prosecutors and law enforcement partners to determine if any sexual abuse incidents should be considered for prosecution,” they said in February.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski