KBI investigating reports of Catholic clergy sex abuse in Kansas

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating reports of sexual abuse by clergy of the four Catholic dioceses of Kansas, and called for victims to speak up.

KBI Communications Director Melissa Underwood said the KBI has created a six-agent task force that will look into reports of sexual abuse from the public and anyone who may have been victimized, including church employees and volunteers.

The special agents will also complete a review of church documents related to the incidents. The agency comes from a Nov. 15, 2018 request by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt that Kansas Catholic clergy be investigated.

The KBI has asked for anyone who has been or knows a victim of sexual abuse committed by a member of the clergy to report it by calling 1-800-KS-CRIME, or by sending an email to: ClergyAbuse@kbi.ks.gov.

The agency is asking for all incidents of abuse, regardless of how long ago or if they were already reported to law enforcement or the church.

Underwood said the KBI task force will work with prosecutors and law enforcement partners to determine if any sexual abuse incidents should be considered for prosecution.

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