Diocese says it will add names to accused list if contacted by victims, survivors

Stockton Record

April 19, 2019

By Wes Bowers

The Diocese of Stockton said Friday that it will not add any new names to its list of “credibly accused” unless it is contacted by victims and survivors.

The diocese’s statement comes after the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests came to Stockton on Tuesday to urge the organization to add an additional seven names of clergymen who spent parts of their careers in the area and have been publicly accused of abuse in other regions to its list of “credible accused.”

“The Diocese of Stockton’s list is based on information provided to the Diocese by survivors of unlawful sexual misconduct or their representatives,” the Diocese said in a statement. Neither survivors nor their representatives have contacted the Diocese of Stockton regarding any allegation of unlawful sexual conduct by any of the persons named.”

In 2017, the diocese was required to post the names of 14 members accused of abuse on its website.

SNAP, however, found seven more priests accused of abuse who spent time in Stockton but aren’t listed on the diocese’s list of accused.

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