Fr. Michael Lowell Barnes

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

A 6/09 suit against the Baltimore AD filed in DE alleged Barnes molested a boy 1977-82 while at St. Clare School in Essex. Baltimore contacted plaintiff in 2002 after a review of files; he denied abuse. He contacted them in 2003 but refused counseling/ mediation. Barnes left the priesthood in 1988; began working for Washington DC as lay member. Civil case dismissed in 4/10 by DE Judge. Arrested in NC in 10/09 on charges of abuse of the same boy. Extradited to MD in 2/10. Pled no contest in 6/10. Sentenced to 6 months in jail. Laicization sought. Died in 2017.

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