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AG's Office: Charges related to Catholic Church investigation could be announced soon

Posted: 9:25 AM, May 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-07 13:26:26Z
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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel could announce charges related to her office's investigation into the Catholic Church soon.

Nessel's spokeswoman, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, tells the Detroit News several assistant attorneys general are assigned to the investigation and have been working long hours on the case.

Rossman-McKinney says the department will be in a position to announce charges related to the investigation "soon."

The comments come after Nessel shared a photo on social media showing volunteers looking over the thousands of documents. The photo shows boxes piled up near a table where the volunteers are working.

While speaking about the volunteers on Twitter, Nessel says "they get no extra compensation and remain responsible for their regular caseload during the week, but these lawyers are so dedicated to protecting the public that they sacrifice spending time with their families in order to protect yours."

Many of the documents being reviewed were seized during raids on Michigan's seven Catholic dioceses last fall.

The simultaneous raids came just a few months after former Attorney General Bill Schuette opened an investigation into sexual abuse complaints within the Catholic church and the church's handling of the complaints.

Nessel says the investigation is expected to last roughly two years and there be could more than 1,000 victims.

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