Texas AG looking into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests

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    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton penned a letter Friday, saying his office is ready to help look into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

    The Diocese of El Paso on Thursday released a list of 36 priests and three brothers who once served in El Paso and are accused of sexual abuse to a minor.

    The letter states that many of the potential crimes occurred in the 1950s, and cannot be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations, which is 20 years, but there are more recent allegations that can be investigated.

    KFOX14 called the El Paso District Attorney’s Office to see if it was taking advantage of the help. The office gave KFOX14 the following statement:

    The District Attorney's Office, with the assistance of law enforcement, will, of course, review and investigate the list of priests that was provided by the dioceses. A determination will be made whether or not prosecution is warranted. We will also investigate other similar complaints, if any, whether or not they are on the list. At the same time, we encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault, by a priest or otherwise, to report the assault to law enforcement.

    A mass was celebrated Thursday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to pray for the victims.

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