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Washington, D.C.’s attorney general launches investigation into sex abuse by Catholic clergy

Washington D.C.’s attorney general is launching an investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the local archdiocese.

Attorney General Karl Racine announced the move Tuesday during a regular breakfast meeting among Washington officials.

The Washington Archdiocese has been shaken recently by a pair of high-profile sexual abuse scandals — but neither involved abuse that actually took place in Washington.

Earlier this year, former archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals and retired from public life after a string of sexual abuse allegations dating back to his time as a priest in New York and a bishop in New Jersey. And current archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl resigned earlier this month following allegations he covered up multiple abuse scandals while serving as a bishop in Pittsburgh.

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