Ordered to Release Names of Accused Priest
February 5, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Supreme Court
Wednesday issued its ruling on whether the ST. Louis Archdiocese
should hand over the names of priest accused of sexual abuse.
The full panel of justices ruled that the Archdiocese must turn
over the names of the priest, ending the battle over releasing
the names first ordered by St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Robert
The Post-Dispatch, reports that the order is
part of a 2011 suit filed on behalf of a then 19-year-old woman,
who accused a priest of sexual abuse from 1997-2001.
Previously, the Archdiocese had only releases 240
anonymous complaint against 115 church employees.
Today’s order not only covers the release of priest
names, but the names of victims also. But those names will only
be released to attorneys involved in the case, and sealed from