Seton Hall starts probe into potential abuse at seminaries

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(AP) - Seton Hall University has begun an investigation into potential sexual abuse at two seminaries.

In a letter posted to the university's website Wednesday, President Mary Meehan referenced recent accusations against Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Newark, and other priests.

Meehan wrote the allegations "may have involved seminarians" at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and the College Seminary at Saint Andrew's Hall, which Seton Hall hosts.

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The university has hired an outside law firm to conduct the probe.

The Vatican removed McCarrick from public ministry in June after it determined allegations he molested a teenager more than 40 years earlier were credible.

The Newark archdiocese has said it was aware of three, decades-old allegations against him involving sexual misconduct with adults, two of which resulted in legal settlements.

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