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A local law firm that has represented more than 100 survivors of clerical sexual abuse is requesting that Attorney General Hector Balderas follow the lead of the AG’s Office in Pennsylvania and impanel a grand jury to investigate “the institutional cover-up” of child sexual abuse by clergy in New Mexico.
In a letter to the Journal, attorney Levi A. Monagle of the Law Offices of Brad D. Hall, LLC, said Balderas can “seek to answer the unanswered questions that continue to linger in the minds of this state’s many Catholic citizens, and allow the grand jury to point the way toward key reform.”
In an interview, Monagle told the Journal there is no precise way to know how many clergy-involved sexual abuse incidents may have occurred in New Mexico over the years, “but there have been close to 350 claims brought to the attention of the archdiocese beginning in the early 1990s,” he said. “For every one case reported, there are many, many victims who haven’t come forward and remain silent, and many others who have committed suicide along the way.”