Few Texas Catholic clergy prosecuted for sex crimes since 2019 lists released


January 31, 2020

By Avery Travis

When a case lands on Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore’s desk, it comes straight from law enforcement.

“Without a victim coming forward to complain about a specific person, a specific assault, then we are unable to bring a criminal case,” Moore said.

Since the list of clergy credibly accused of abuse was released last year, Moore said they have not prosecuted any cases involving clergy members. To her knowledge, there haven’t been any reports to law enforcement by accusers or any investigations opened in Travis County.

Across the state
Moore’s office is not alone. KXAN called dozens of district attorneys offices across Texas to see if there were any charges filed or cases pending in their counties.

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The blue counties represent the dozens of District Attorney’s offices KXAN contacted to see if any cases have been prosecuted in the last year. (KXAN Image)
So far, nearly 20 counties responded with the answer: no cases filed in the last year.

Simply put by the district attorney in Lee County, the answer was “no and no.”

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