The Latest: 3 Pennsylvania dioceses confirm federal probe

Carolyn Fortney, a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of her family's Roman Catholic parish priest as a child, awaits legislation in the Pennsylvania Capitol to respond to a landmark state grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into child sexual abuse in the Pennsylvania Catholic Church (all times local):

3 p.m.

Three of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses say they have received subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Two people familiar with a federal investigation into child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania told The Associated Press that dioceses across the state had been served with subpoenas seeking a trove of sensitive files and testimony from church leaders.

A spokeswoman for Erie says the diocese’s counsel is working with the DOJ. A spokesman for Allentown says the diocese is responding to “an information request in a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and will “cooperate fully.”

The Harrisburg Diocese also says it has been served and will cooperate fully.

The subpoenas follow a state grand jury report in August that detailed hundreds of allegations of child sex abuse in the church.

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1:50 p.m.

The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

That’s according to two people familiar with the probe, who say federal prosecutors have served subpoenas on dioceses across the state that seek a trove of sensitive files and testimony from church leaders.

The two people are not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The subpoenas follow a state grand jury report in August that detailed hundreds of allegations of children being sexually abused by priests in dioceses across Pennsylvania. Because of Pennsylvania’s time limits on prosecuting old cases, only two priests were charged as a result of the grand jury investigation.

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This story has been corrected to show that two priests were charged as a result of the state investigation.

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