Richmond diocese adds 4 to clergy sex abuse allegation list

Associated Press [New York NY]

July 21, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has added four more names to a list of clergy members with “credible and substantiated” allegations of sexual abuse against a minor.

The dioceses announced the additions last week, noting that allegations date back decades. Three of the accused priests are dead and the allegations were made after their deaths. They are are Robert D. Beattie, Leo Creamer, Patrick F. Quinn. The fourth, Joseph Slowik. has not served in active priestly ministry since 2006.

The allegations were reviewed by the Office of Safe Environment and the Diocesan Review Board and civil authorities were notified of the allegations, the diocese said in a release.

Beattie served in Norfolk at St. Joseph and in Richmond at Cathedral of The Sacred Heart and St. Augustine. He died in 1971.

Quinn, who died in 1995, served at Christ the King and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk, St. Joseph in Petersburg and St. Charles in Cape Charles. Creamer, who died in 1991, served in Richmond at St. Mary and at St. Paul.

Slowik served at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Fort Monroe, St. Paul in Portsmouth, Church of St. Therese in Gloucester, St. Paul in Richmond and St. John in Dinwiddie.