Lawmaker: State probing sex abuse at 2 Catholic dioceses

Pennsylvania Budget

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A state lawmaker who says he was abused by a suburban Philadelphia priest more than three decades ago now says state prosecutors are investigating priest abuse accusations in that diocese and another in Pennsylvania’s capital.

Democratic state Rep. Mark Rozzi says the state attorney general’s office has a grand jury investigating the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.

Rozzi says he testified several weeks ago in Pittsburgh. He declined to provide details.

A March report uncovered hundreds of abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown that spanned decades.

A spokesman for the Harrisburg diocese tells The Morning Call it has received a subpoena from the grand jury.

The Allentown diocese and the state attorney general’s office wouldn’t confirm the investigation.

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