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‘685 clergy-men accused of abuse’

Almost 700 clergymen in Illinois have been accused of child sexual assault, a far greater number than the Catholic Church had previously disclosed, the State’s top prosecutor revealed on Wednesday.

Illinois Attorney-General Lisa Madigan said the Church’s revelations that 185 clergy members were accused of sexual abuse fell short of the number her office has uncovered.

The preliminary results of a probe that began in August found more than 500 additional priests and clergy members with sexual abuse allegations in the State’s six dioceses — a total of at least 685 accused.

Ms. Madigan’s office criticized the Church’s handling of the abuse allegations, saying investigations were lacking, and in many cases law enforcement and child welfare authorities were not notified.

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