Prosecutor says report of sex abuse by Catholic priests in Georgia to be released in next 90 days – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — Nearly four years after Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr opened an investigation into alleged sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests or others associated with the church, the special prosecutor leading the investigation said Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher the final report on the investigation is expected by mid-February.

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Pete Skandalakis, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council (PAC), said his office has reviewed nearly a hundred allegations, but has not said whether he expects any matters to be referred for prosecution by local prosecutors.

Carr announced the investigation in April 2019, months after the Archdiocese of Atlanta and Diocese of Savannah agreed to full cooperation. The terms were set out in a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU).

“My expectation is that it’s open, the books will be open. As long as the church is open and transparent, it will say to victims, ‘We value you, your story matters, you have people behind you,’ and I think that will ultimately lead to healing,” Carr told Channel 2 at the time. Carr noted at the time that he was Catholic.

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In late 2018, months before Carr began negotiations for church cooperation with the investigation, the Archdiocese of Atlanta released a list of 15 Georgia priests, deacons and seminarians who have been credibly accused of child molestation. Almost half died, the rest were removed from service or sentenced, the archdiocese said.

The investigation was transferred to the PAC. In a May 2019 with Channel 2, Skandalakis stressed the promise of full cooperation.

“I have been assured that they will be open with us and will allow us to follow the leads.” And he said it was not a superficial review: “We will look into these files and track what needs to be tracked and they understood and agreed to that.”

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The Archdiocese sent an email to Channel 2 that it “continues to work with the Council of Public Prosecutors,” noting that “this collaboration is voluntary and in line with our policy of transparency and collaboration endorsed by the US Conference of Public Prosecutors.” Catholic bishops.”

In a statement, Skandalakis said, “PAC has completed the review and a final report is expected to be released within the next 90 days… We have endeavored to be as transparent and thorough as possible. We hope the final report will shed some light on these matters and bring comfort to the survivors and their families.”

The Archdiocese says it will “continue to work with law enforcement and prosecutors if signs of abuse become apparent” even after the terms of the MOU expire.

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