Vegas Diocese Names Clergy Accused Of Sexual Abuse
Just one week after a clergy abuse list was released by the Catholic Diocese of Reno, the Las Vegas Catholic Diocese, on April 12th, 2019, released the names of people it described as having been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children. Of note, is the fact that twelve names on the Vegas Diocese list were also included on the recently released Reno Diocese list.
The accused named in the Vegas Diocese list served during the past several decades. Thirty-two members of the clergy and one volunteer were named. Twenty-one of those named are deceased and the rest no longer serve the diocese.
Bishop George Leo Thomas, head of the Las Vegas Catholic Diocese, says that the number of victims abused by those on the list is not yet known. He said that the diocese intends to find out this number, adding that the diocese has paid out over $14 million in settlements and legal fees since 1995.
The latest list is the result of an eight-month long investigation by the Las Vegas Catholic Diocese. The investigation was opened by Bishop Thomas. Thomas notes that some of the people on the list have been convicted of crimes, but others are facing public accusation for the very first time. Thomas said that any employees or volunteers of the church must now undergo a criminal background check. Thomas also said that anyone who wants to be a priest must undergo psychological testing as well as a background check.
Other Recent Reports Of Catholic Clergy Abuse
In March 2019, the Roman Catholic Church in Poland released a study which found that 625 children had experienced sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy members from 1990 until mid-2018. That time period also saw the church receive reports of abuse involving a total of 382 priests.
In February 2019, the Catholic Dioceze of Oakland released a list of 45 people who had worked for the diocese and who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. 20 of the names belonged to diocesan priests.
In December 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released a list of 54 clergy members accused of child sexual abuse.
Justice For Clergy Abuse Victims
As the abuse allegations continue to come to light, the clergy abuse lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen will continue to seek justice on behalf of the abuse victims. If you or a loved one was abused by a Church official or volunteer, make your voice heard. Contact the law firm of Nadrich & Cohen for a free, confidential case evaluation.