CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago law office is releasing documents on 16 priests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet who are accused of sexually abusing children.

A statement from attorneys Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman says they’ll offer details at a Wednesday news conference.

Earlier this year, the Archdiocese of Chicago released some 6,000 pages of complaints, personnel documents and other files for about 30 priests. They show how the church often shielded priests and failed to report child sex abuse to authorities.

The Diocese of Joliet encompasses seven counties just to the west and southwest of Chicago. It serves nearly 655,000 parishioners, including 39,000 students at 68 schools and three universities.

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