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State Attorney General opens investigation into Michigan’s priests

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The Michigan Attorney General’s office is investigating the state’s Catholic priests. A response to a Freedom of Information Act request says the AG’s office has been looking into alleged sexual abuse and assault of children from 1950 to present. It also says the office started the investigation in August.

This comes after an investigation in Pennsylvania revealed hundreds of priests had sexually abused children.

Michael Diebold is with the Diocese of Lansing.

“We welcome this review. We have always stated in the past that we continue as always to cooperate with law enforcement to do whatever they need us to do," he says." Someone that would harm a child, that’s serious business. And there is no place in the church for someone that would harm a child.”

The investigation will also include any allegations of coverups of sexual abuse. The Attorney General’s office could not comment beyond the documents shared about the pending investigation.

People with information can confidentially report to the AG’s office online here.

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