Sex Crimes

Bishop calls for disciplinary proceedings in Rhode Island school sex abuse cases

Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., right, who attended St. George's School from 1977-1980, hugs a former classmate, following a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Lovkay claims she was sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., right, who attended St. George's School from 1977-1980, hugs a former classmate, following a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Lovkay claims she was sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A statement released by the Episcopal bishop of Rhode Island calls for "appropriate disciplinary proceedings" against two clergymen and a third person named in reports of past abuse at a prestigious boarding school in Middletown.

The Providence Journal reports the Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely said Tuesday that he's been in contact with state police and is "following their direction" as they continue to investigate allegations of abuse at St. George's School during the 1970s and 1980s.

Knisely said one of the priests is accused of abusing students and the other allegedly failed to report claims of abuse as outlined by state law. The third person is also accused of sexual abuse.

Knisely wrote that he's working with church leaders to ensure that the proper discipline is initiated.