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The Latest: NJ church says it will cooperate with probe

FILE – In this May 15, 2018, file photo, acting New York state Attorney General, Barbara D. Underwood, speaks in Albany, N. Y. Underwood has summoned all of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of its bureau of research in the church in the handling of sexual abuse allegations. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

ALBANY, N. Y. – The Latest on state investigation of alleged clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church (all times are local):

3:15 pm

The Roman Catholic Church in New Jersey says it will cooperate with a new investigation into sexual abuse in the church dioceses.

New Jersey Catholic Conference executive director Patrick Brannigan, says the group welcomes the investigation and will “cooperate fully.”

The conference displays the status of the bishops.

New Jersey on Thursday said it is launching its own investigation into sexual abuse by clergy. It followed word that there is in New York issued subpoenas in a similar research.

The investigations come after a grand jury in Pennsylvania found widespread abuse of more than 1,000 children by about 300 priests.

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2:55 pm

New Jersey is a member of New York in the notice of the conduct of an investigation into sexual abuse by clergy in the state of the Roman-Catholic dioceses.

Attorney-General Gurbir Grewal said Thursday that he is the creation of a task force to be led by a former county prosecutor.

The group is competent to provide evidence of a member of the grand jury and will have the power of subpoenas to compel testimony and the production of documents.

The announcement comes three weeks after a grand jury investigation found rampant sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by about 300 priests in Pennsylvania.

Earlier Thursday, the New York attorney general’s subpoena of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses as part of a probe into sexual abuse allegations.

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1:24 pm

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has summoned all of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of an investigation into the handling of sexual abuse allegations.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation, but not authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press the subpoenas went out Thursday.

The subpoenas seek documents relating to abuse allegations, the payments to the victims or the findings of the internal church investigations.

Underwood’s office is pursuing a civil inquiry into the church response to abuse and also has a guide to the local officers of justice to convene a grand jury, or the execution of criminal investigations.

Church officials say that they will work together.

The announcement comes three weeks after a grand jury investigation found rampant sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by about 300 priests in Pennsylvania

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1 hour

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has summoned all of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of its bureau of research in the church in the handling of sexual abuse allegations.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation, but not authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press the subpoenas went out Thursday.

The subpoenas seek documents in connection with allegations of sexual abuse, financial payments to potential victims or the findings of the internal church investigations.

Underwood’s office is pursuing a civil investigation into how the leaders of the church responded to reports of abuse.

Posts with links diocesan officials were not immediately returned.

The announcement comes three weeks after a grand jury investigation found rampant sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by about 300 priests in Pennsylvania.

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