Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Murphy Peter Brendan 1955 P Accused Diocesan Accused publicly 3/30/16 of raping and sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar boy 1959-60 at Blessed Sacrament in Sioux City. Victim contacted diocese in 1996 and said he got a "dismissive reply." Diocese settled with him in 2016. Assignments also included parishes in Danbury, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Bode, Whittemor, Spencer, St. Joseph's and Cherokee. On leave of absence 1960-62, in a Denison parish around 1963-64, then leave of absence again until his death in 11/8/80 in Jemez Springs NM. Did fill-in work in parishes during his "leave." After 1st man went public, by 9/16 five more people alleged sexual abuse by Murphy. On diocese's 2/22/19. It shows 11 allegations of abuse of boys, 1956-64. Sioux City, IA Source:
Sioux City Diocese book excerpt 2004; The Algona Uppder Des Moines 03.16.61; Kossuth County Advance 07.23.73; USCCB 01.06.04; KTIV 03.30.16; KTIV 06.03.16; Diocese of Sioux City IA 06.06.16; Sioux City Journal 07.03.16; Sioux City Journal 09.14.16; Quad-City Times 09.15.16; Pilot-Tribune 01.07.19; Diocese of Sioux City List 02.22.19
Assignments: Assignment Record; Sioux City Diocese book excerpt 2004; Diocese of Sioux City List 02.22.19

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