Police search MIchigan bishop’s home, citing lack of cooperation in sex abuse investigation / Catholic News Agency

“Contrary to the statements of the diocese and the bishop that they would fully cooperate with law enforcement, they did not,” Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Gaertner (Catholic News Agency)

On Thursday, police in Saginaw, Michigan raided the home of Bishop Joseph Cistone, as well as the diocesan chancery and its cathedral rectory, as part of an ongoing investigation into sex abuse allegations against several diocesan priests.

“CNA has reached out to the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan for comment but did not receive a response by press time.

“Police told local media that they could not reveal what they were searching for or taking from the properties. However, authorities did say that the search warrants were due to a lack of cooperation on the part of the diocese related to an ongoing clerical sex abuse investigation.

“‘Contrary to the statements of the diocese and the bishop that they would fully cooperate with law enforcement, they did not,’ Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Gaertner told local news source Michigan Live. ‘Therefore it was necessary for law enforcement to use other investigative tools, including search warrants.'”

By Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency — Read more …

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