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Clergy Abuse Hotline Gets 400-Plus Calls In Wake Of Report


HARRISBURG (AP) – Prosecutors say a hotline set up to get information on child sexual abuse by clergy within Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses has received more than 400 calls over the past six days. Spokesman Joe Grace with the attorney general’s office said agents are returning all calls and assessing the facts. He says agents will have to consult with the office’s lawyers to determine whether any claims warrant investigation. Church officials have stressed that many of the allegations in the clergy abuse report made public last week go back decades, and that changes have been made. Grace says his office can’t describe or categorize the information that’s coming in, including whether they involve more recent allegations. The Clergy Abuse Hotline number is 1-888-538-8541.

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