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RI to review other states’ methods in clergy investigations

September 7, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island attorney general’s office says it will begin a review of the investigation methods employed by two other states that announced they are probing possible abuses by Roman Catholic clergy.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s spokeswoman Amy Kempe says the office will not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation, and can’t confirm if the office is considering launching one.

The Providence Journal reports the announcement comes as attorney general’s offices in New York and New Jersey have announced their own investigations.

The actions follow the release of a scathing grand jury report from Pennsylvania’s attorney general.

The Providence diocese said in a statement that it is already “clear practice” to report all sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement.

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This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Kilmartin.

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