Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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Raymond Joseph 1967 P Convicted Diocesan A man told archdiocese 9/01 Hemmerle molested him at age 11 in the mid-1970s at a summer camp. He wanted Hemmerle to get counseling and not work with youths. Went to police 1/02 when church did not act. Hemmerle placed on leave. Reinstated in mid-2002, church saying police had investigated and closed case. Later article said police had not completed investigation. Active until 5/14 when removed after a new allegation of abuse in 1970s. Had been pastor of St. Francis and Holy Cross parishes in Marion County, KY. Indicted 9/18/14 on six counts of sodomy and three charges of sex abuse on claims made 5/14. Found guilty in 11/16 in the first case. Sentenced 2/17 to 7 years prison. Pled guilty to reduced charges in second case 5/17 in plea deal; sentenced 6/29/17 to 2 years prison, in addition to the 7 years already serving. Denied parole 12/17. Appealed 3/20, said "no intent to abuse." Appeal denied 1/19. Louisville, KY Source:
Courier-Journal 05.09.02; Courier-Journal 06.01.02; Courier-Journal 06.12.02; Associated Press 06.13.02; Courier-Journal 06.13.02; Courier-Journal 06.30.02; Kentucky Standard 05.09.14; WHAS 05.10.14; Courier-Journal 05.11.14; Herald-Dispatch 05.12.14; SNAP Statement 05.12.14; WAVE 05.12.14; WKU 05.12.14; WLKY 05.12.14; WAVE 05.14.14; Courier-Journal 09.09.14; Fairfield Citizen 09.09.14; SNAP Statement 09.09.14; WDRB 09.09.14; WHAS 09.09.14; WHAS 09.10.14; WLKY 11.20.14; WHAS 12.17.15; WLKY 01.25.16; Daily Progress 11.26.16; WDRB 11.27.16; Courier-Journal 11.28.16; WDRB 11.28.16; WLKY 11.28.16; Courier-Journal 11.29.16; Daily News 11.29.16; SFGate 11.29.16; SNAP 11.29.16; WAVE 11.29.16; WDRB 11.29.16; WHAS 11.29.16; The Courier-Journal 12.08.16; WAVE 12.08.16; Houston Press 01.17.17; The Record 02.09.17; WAVE 02.09.17; WDRB 02.09.17; WLKY 02.09.17; WAVE 04.11.17; WDRB 05.11.17; WHAS 05.11.17; WDRB 05.18.17; US News 06.29.17; WDRB 06.29.17; Warwick Daily News 06.30.17; Courier-Journal 09.19.17; WDRB 09.19.17; WDRB 09.27.17; WAVE 3 10.10.17; WDRB 12.19.17; WLKY 12.19.17; Louisville Courier Journal 12.21.17; WDRB 03.20.18; Christian Science Monitor 09.14.18; Courier Journal 10.19.18; Courier Journal 11.07.18; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11.19.18; WAVT TV 01.11.19; Archdiocese of Louisville List 02.11.19
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