KBI Announces 122 Kansas Clergy Sexual Abuse Cases


A task force formed three years ago to investigate clergy sexual abuse in Kansas’ Catholic dioceses has received 215 complaints and opened 122 cases, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Robert Jacobs, executive director of KBI, reported on the work of the agency’s Catholic Clergy Task Force this week at a state legislative committee hearing. He said investigators had set up a phone line and email address for people to report the abuse, the Kansas City Star reported.

The task force has worked with Catholic dioceses to review nearly 40,000 diocesan records since its work began in 2019, Jacobs said.

In addition to examining a specific allegation, investigators are working to determine whether the allegation was made to the diocese or to law enforcement “and what was the follow-up to that allegation when it was originally made. “.

Senator Jeff Pittman, a Democrat from Leavenworth, asked why no prosecution had arisen from the investigation.

“Why, with 40,000 different records, there doesn’t seem to be any action on this? Pittman said. “Does the lawsuit reveal nothing?” I mean, it seems like there is a lot of news on this. What is the story?”

Jacobs replied that one of the problems was that some of the alleged acts had taken place years ago.

“Obviously, we are facing time constraints as to when these incidents happened,” he said.

The KBI announced in early 2019 that it had set up the working group at the request of Attorney General Derek Schmidt. The task force consists of six officers who investigate reports of public abuse and review church records from the state’s Roman Catholic Dioceses in Wichita, Salina, Dodge City and Kansas City, Kansas. He is also investigating reports from the Society of St. Pius X, a dissident Catholic group known for its traditional Latin Mass with a large branch in St. Marys in northeastern Kansas.

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