Rhode Island Police

State Police Create Hotline to Report Clergy Sexual Abuse

The Rhode Island State Police have created a new hotline for people to report allegations of clergy sexual abuse.

The State Police announced the new telephone line within the Major Crimes Unit.

Detectives are working with Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha to review of allegations of sexual abuse by clergy since 1950. Neronha, a Democrat, announced in July he had gained access to nearly 70 years of records from the Diocese of Providence for the review.

The Roman Catholic diocese has released a list of 50 clerics, religious order priests and deacons it deems to have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, dating to 1950.

Neronha says he's looking at all complaints since 1950, whether deemed credible by the diocese or not.

The new number is (401) 764-0142.

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