Rev. Joseph E. Carrico

Summary of Case: Sued in 2003 by four women who alleged that Carrico abused them as children. Carrico, who left the priesthood in 1973 after six years and was laicized in 1974, was working as a lay religious educator in the Louisville archdiocese. He was placed on leave with pay after the suits were filed. Carrico denied the charges in the first two lawsuits but did not comment on others.

Ordained: 1967
Laicized: 1974


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Louisville archbishop was Thomas Joseph McDonough (1967-1981)

1969 St. Barnabas


• Carrico was named in a 2003 lawsuit as having sexually abused a 7-year-old girl in 1968. The suit alleged that the abuse occurred at the girl's home on multiple occasions. She and her family were St. Barnabas parishioners. (Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
March 29, 2003)

• Another woman accused Carrico in 2003 of having sexually abused her in her family's swimming pool in the summer of 1968 or 1969, when she was 12 years old. (Associated Press State & Local Wire
April 1, 2003)

A third woman accused Carrico in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused her in a neighbor's swimming pool in the summer of 1969, when she was a child. She is the sister of a woman who had previoiusly come forward. (Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY] April 10, 2003)

• The cousin of a woman who had accused Carrico of molesting her of a child also accused him in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused her beginning when she was about 10 years old. (The Courier-Journal, April 3, 2003)




Parish had a school with 691-611 students.
1969 1971 St. Helen's Louisville KY 3/4 Parish had a school with 821-842 students.
1971 1973 St. Catherine's New Haven KY 2/3 Parish had a school with 191-181 students.
1973 1974 Absent on Leave      

Carrico is not indexed in the Directories after 1974.

Carrico left the priesthood in 1973, and married. He was laicized in 1974. At the time of the 2003 lawsuits he was a part- time religious educator at St Gregory in Samuels, KY, and living in Bardstown. He was removed from that position pending the outcome of the investigation of the allegations.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1968-1974)

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 15, 2009.