Thousands of priests accused of child sexual abuse are living under radar with jobs that give them access to children and no oversight from law enforcement, investigation reveals

Friday, October 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

Investigation by Associated Press found that nearly 1,700 priests and clergy members credibly accused of sex crimes against kids were unsupervised
These men have been found to be working in jobs that allow them unfettered access to children, including teachers, counselors, and Disney World employees
Father Steven Gerard Stencil, who was credibly accused of sexually abusing children, is working as a bus driver for school groups and scouts
Roger Sinclair, who was removed from a Pennsylvania diocese for abusing a teenage boy, was arrested in Oregon years later for molesting disabled man
Joseph Michael DeShan, who was forced from the priesthood for impregnating a young parishioner, was recently teaching at a middle school in New Jersey

4 October 2019

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar.

They have little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an Associated Press investigation has found.

These priests, deacons, monks and lay people now teach middle-school math. They counsel survivors of sexual assault.

They work as nurses and volunteer at nonprofits aimed at helping at-risk kids. They live next to playgrounds and day care centers. They foster and care for children.

And in their time since leaving the church, dozens have committed crimes, including sexual assault and possessing child pornography, the AP´s analysis found.

A recent push by Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. to publish the names of those it considers to be credibly accused has opened a window into the daunting problem of how to monitor and track priests who often were never criminally charged and, in many cases, were removed from or left the church to live as private citizens.

Each diocese determines its own standard to deem a priest credibly accused, with the allegations ranging from inappropriate conversations and unwanted hugging to forced sodomy and rape.

Dioceses and religious orders so far have shared the names of more than 5,100 clergy members, with more than three-quarters of the names released just in the last year.

The AP researched the nearly 2,000 who remain alive to determine where they have lived and worked – the largest-scale review to date of what happened to priests named as possible sexual abusers.

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