KC attorney, clients urge states to open criminal investigations into Catholic church

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On the heels of a massive grand jury indictment in Pennsylvania, a Kansas City attorney and four of her clients are calling for the same in Kansas and Missouri.

Rebecca Randles and four clients held a news conference Monday afternoon to call for the investigation.

This is despite the fact the statute of limitations may have run out.

Randles hopes to learn if potential victims have been getting the help they need.

Randles plans to send letters to the Attorneys General in Kansas and Missouri to look further into the issue.

Jack Smith, director of communications for the Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, released this statement late Monday afternoon.

We cooperate fully with law enforcement and are eager to do so in order to prevent and eliminate dangers to children and vulnerable adults. When Bishop Johnston arrived in Kansas City, he very quickly made visits to metro law enforcement officials. Our independent Ombudsman immediately reports accusations of abuse to law enforcement even before she investigates them. If ever law enforcement requires information from us we fully cooperate in the interest of the safety of the people in our community. If Ms. Randles, or any other person, is aware of a situation of abuse, no matter how long ago, we want to know about it, because we want to make sure that perpetrator is out of ministry and that victim is given help in healing.

Cynthia Newsome is covering this story. Watch her report tonight at 6.

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