Fr. Craig Harrison

Ordained: 1987
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Monsignor. Sheriff’s Office and Police chaplain. Adopted 8 boys. Suspended 4/19; investigation of inappropriate touch of a boy, ages 14-16, decades prior in Firebaugh. Report to diocese 4/12; diocese told police three days later. Harrison denied claims. Bakersfield community responded with overwhelming support for Harrison. Two more men alleged in late 4/19 abuse as minors by Harrison. One of them had reported in 1998 and again in 2002 that Harrison abused him in Firebaugh in 1998. Unsubstantiated, per diocese in 2002. Case closed by Bakersfield police in 6/19. Fresno diocese continued to investigate. Harrison filed a slander lawsuit in 8/19 against the Roman Catholic Faithful, a group publicizing claims Harrison abused in Firebaugh. He also sued the diocese and a monk. Merced County DA said in 11/19 no charges due to SOL. In 2/20 Fresno DA said no charges due to SOL, but allegations appeared credible. Resigned priesthood in 2/21. Two suits filed in 6/21. Included on the Fresno diocese’s list in 8/21 of credibly accused.


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