That's according to two people familiar with the probe, who say federal prosecutors have served subpoenas on dioceses across the state that seek a trove of sensitive files and testimony from church leaders. The Associated Press first reported the Justice Department investigation on Thursday.
He also represents some priest accusers in the Buffalo Diocese, where a television station obtained church emails from June that show the diocese negotiated with federal prosecutors to limit the scope of the investigation to living priests, resulting in the surrender of what diocesan Chancellor Regina Murphy wrote was "a relatively small amount of documentation from 16 files". Beginning in 1993, SNAP has repeatedly called on the Justice Department to investigate the church.
The anonymous plaintiff also alleges he was sexually abused by Monsignor Charles Beebe in 1981 and that the accusation was ignored by Bishop Daniel Jenky of the Diocese of Peoria.
A scathing grand jury report from this past August alleged that more than 300 "predator priests" were responsible for the sexual abuse of thousands of children in the state of Pennsylvania and that the Roman Catholic church covered up the abuse to avoid scandal.
"I hope that this encourages church leaders at every level, and in every locale, to voluntarily open their files on all priests who have been credibly accused in past decades", said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at America Magazine.
Survivors of child sexual abuse hug in the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, while awaiting legislation to respond to a grand jury report on abuse in the Catholic Church.
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The grand jury report this summer has continued to reverberate through Pennsylvania.
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A former priest in the Erie Diocese is admitting that he committed sexual abuse of children, pleading guilty to corruption of minors and child endangerment.
Though local prosecutors generally handle child sex abuse cases, federal prosecutors can step in at times. A spokesperson for the archdiocese of Chicago said Thursday that it had not received a subpoena from the Department of Justice.
The probe by the Pennsylvania attorney general produced an 800-page compendium of criminal sexual activity, including moving suspected pedophiles from parish to parish.
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There has been widespread speculation that a federal investigation might focus on charges related to institutional cover-ups or conspiracy, perhaps seeking to build a case under the federal RICO laws meant for dealing with organized crime. The grand jurors said that the rest of the cases were too old to be prosecuted, because of statutes of limitations. It found that church leaders systematically hid evidence of wrongdoing.
The lawsuit contends that while some dioceses have turned over information about certain priests accused of sexually molesting children, others refuse to make the names public.
Serbin, who now is with the national law firm Janet, Janet & Suggs, said he met with the U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh following the 2016 grand jury report on the Altoona-Johnstown diocese. At trial, he said he had merely followed orders from above.
He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.