Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul will launch an investigation of sexual abuse in the state's five Catholic dioceses, and at least three religious orders, Catholic News Agency reported.
"I am writing to inform you that the Wisconsin Department of Justice will be conducting a review of sexual abuse involving members of the clergy and other faith leaders in Wisconsin," said the letter signed by Kaul, a Democrat.
"I agree with many survivors of clergy abuse, and those who support and have advocated for them, that a review from our office is necessary to provide accountability and ultimately, healing. I hope you will welcome that review," Kaul stated.
At least 177 priests have been identified as abusers of minors in Wisconsin. Wisconsin will join at least 22 other states that have launched investigations into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and others in position of leadership.