Little Rock diocese adds priest to list of accused sex abusers

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

September 2, 2020

By Francisca Jones

The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock announced Wednesday that it has added another priest to its list of clergy that have been “credibly” accused of sexually abusing a minor.

Father Edward Simpson, who died in 1988, was a priest in Arkansas from the time of his ordination in 1954 until his retirement in 1986. Simpson’s record shows that he served at Catholic churches in Fort Smith, Little Rock, Blytheville, North Little Rock, Jonesboro, Searcy, Eureka Springs, Malvern and Texarkana.

According to a news release, a person alleging to have been sexually abused as a minor by Simpson contacted the diocese April 20.

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