Fr. John J. Morse

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Spokane WA

Accused of the sexual abuse, including rape, of mostly girls and at least 1 boy, all students at St. Mary’s Mission and School on the Colville Indian Reservation late 1950s-1960s. Some of the children were as young as age 5. Allegations also from his time at St. Joseph’s in Yakima, and St. Ignatius Mission in MT. Removed from ministry in 2006. Sent to live at Jesuit residence in Spokane. On list of priests with admitted, proven or credible accusations issued by Spokane Diocese 11/07. Jesuits announced $4.8M settlement in 1/08 with 16. There were 38 other claims as part of 3/25/11 settlement with Jesuits. New Suit filed by 8 11/11. Over 66 claims against Morse of sexual abuse by 2011. Died 08/09/15. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18.

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