Fr. Stephen Tarleton Dougherty

Ordained: 2003
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Corpus Christi TX

Removed from active ministry in 12/11 after the Corpus Christi diocese received an allegation that Dougherty had engaged in sexual misconduct. His accuser filed a civil lawsuit 7/12/16, claiming Dougherty sexually abused her 2005-2011, beginning when she was age 7. Indicted in 6/16 charges of rape of a 13-year-old girl in 12/11. Pled not guilty. Judge declared a mistrial in 3/17 after jury deadlocked. Convicted at second trial 2/28/18, sentenced to 60 years in prison. Bishop Mulvey testified that a man told him in a letter that Dougherty sexually abused him at age 8. On diocese’s list 1/31/19. On Fargo diocese’s list 1/2/20, where he worked at some point. No known allegations there.


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