Task force to investigate Vermont orphanage abuse

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Vermont law enforcement authorities are launching a task force to investigate abuse allegations at the long-closed St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington.

The investigation follows a recent Buzzfeed News article about child abuse at St. Joseph’s, which closed in 1974. The article included allegations of a boy being thrown from a window to his death and regular beatings by nuns.

At a Monday news conference, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said the investigation would be hard because many of the allegations are so old, but he said it’s important to find the truth.

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Investigators want to hear from former St. Joseph’s residents.

The Roman Catholic bishop of Burlington said the diocese will cooperate.

Former resident Louise Piche (pee-SHAY) says no one believed the allegations because they were too horrible.

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