Judge orders archdiocese to turn over by Friday names of priests accused of abuse

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Doug Moore dmoore@post-dispatch.com 314-340-81250

A judge has ordered the St. Louis Archdiocese to release by end of day Friday the names of all priests accused of sexual abuse in the past 20 years.

But St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker said the archdiocese could withhold the names of those involved in cases the church determined were “unsubstantiated.”

The ruling today is the latest in a civil suit against Joseph Ross, the first priest defrocked here as the child abuse scandal of the past few decades in the Roman Catholic Church has continued to play out in court.

The names of those involved in the complaints will be kept under seal, available only to the victim, known in court papers as Jane Doe, and her attorneys.

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