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Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

Posted: Oct. 19, 2018 5:16 AM
Updated: Oct. 19, 2018 5:16 AM

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meaghan happening now... in an historic move, the federal government is now officially looking into sexual abuse claims against the catholic church. julia julia as cbs news' laura podesta explains, u-s attorney william mc-swain is seeking sensitive documents to see if priests or their supervisors broke any federal laws involving child abuse. ### pkg the justice department, for the first time ever, is opening an investigation into the child sex abuse within the catholic church. the government is demanding bishops in evidence pointing to anyone under their supervision who took children across state lines, used phones or computers to send sexual messages or told anyone not to contact police. (sot marci hamilton/child usa - thu0398 - spl for pa pkg pa priest abuse federal probe) "it's about time. the federal government has been silent on sex abuse in the catholic church ever since the story broke from boston in 2002" (track 2 - gfx from en) 301 predator priests in six dioceses have been named in an 800-page grand jury report released in august... that report detailed widespread sexual abuse going back decades. (track 3) just this week, former erie priest david poulson (pole- son) -- pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two boys between 2002 and 2010. he faces up to 14 years in prison. (sot: general of pennsylvania) david poulson is a priest who preyed on children for his own sexual gratification. he is now a sex offender and will be registered as a sex offender for a minimum of 10 years." (track 4) catholic dioceses in pennsylvania say they are cooperating with the investigation. cbs news has learned the u.s. attorney in buffalo, new york, has also served the diocese there. laura podesta cbs news on cam tag julia julia at this time... there is no sign the probe will extend beyond pennsylvania to include other states - including california. these latest developments come as the mercury news of san jose, is reporting a san jose bishop has released the names of 15 priests found to have been credibly accused of abusing children within the diocese. ten of the 15 accused are dead... the remaining have been permanently banned
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