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Erie County DA, state AG looking at 'potential joint investigation' of Buffalo Diocese

The Erie County District Attorney's Office and the state Attorney General's Office are talking about "a potential joint investigation" into alleged sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, the DA's office said Wednesday.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Thursday asked the state's district attorneys to partner with her to investigate clergy sexual abuse across New York.

"The Erie County District Attorney's Office is in consultation with the Attorney General's Office to explore the logistics of a potential partnership," the DA's office said in a written statement Wednesday morning.

Previously, Erie County DA John Flynn said his office had no jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute organizations like the Buffalo Diocese.

The announcement follows a Pennsylvania grand jury report issued last week that concluded more than 300 priests there molested more than 1,000 children over decades. The report followed an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.

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