Search warrant served on Diocese of Erie in statewide sexual abuse investigation

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ERIE, Pa. — The Diocese of Erie was served a search warrant by the Pennsylvania office of the attorney general on Monday.

Attorney General police were on the premises of St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie just before noon, according to a news release by the diocese.

Bishop Lawrence Persico asked all employees to cooperate with the search, which is part of an ongoing, statewide grand jury investigation into past cases of sexual abuse in several Catholic dioceses across the state.

Persico was subpoenaed on Sept. 1 to give any information related to past and present allegations of sexual abuse of children in the Diocese of Erie.

Several bishops across the state were subpoenaed at the same time, according to a statement by the diocese. 

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