Former Priest Faces New Abuse Charge

By Sonia Boin
September 15, 2006

Rockville - A former priest who served at Catholic churches in Damascus and Olney more than 25 years ago has been charged a second time with sexual offense and abuse of teenage boys.

The papers were served at the jail in Boyds, where William McSherry Stock, 63, has been held without bail since May on charges he abused a boy while serving at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Sandy Spring Road in Olney.

Mr. Stock now has an additional $100,000 in bail, since a second victim, a 41-year-old Laytonsville man, reported the priest touched him inappropriately when the victim was 14.

This victim told police the priest fondled him during confession and later when Mr. Stock took him and some other altar boys to the movies.

According to police charging documents, the priest dropped off the other boys and told the Laytonsville man he had to pick something up from the church. Once in the cloakroom of St. Peter's church, the victim said, the former priest fondled him again. The priest told him it would be their "little secret," according to the the documents.

In the case reported earlier, a 42-year-old Silver Spring man said he was being abused by the priest when he was 16 and seeking counseling from him at St. Peter's.

The Archdiocese of Washington's spokeswoman Susan Gibbs said Mr. Stock has been out of the ministry since 1985.

Montgomery County Police and the Archdiocese have encouraged anyone with relevant information about Mr. Stock to contact the authorities. The Archdiocese also asked individuals to contact the Archdiocesan director of child protection services.

Ms. Gibbs said William Stock was ordained in 1969. He was associate pastor at St. Jane Frances de Chantal in Bethesda from 1969 to 1973; Mt. Calvary in Forestville for one year after that; St. Peter's in Olney from 1974 to 1983 and Our Lady Queen of Peace in 1984. He served as administrator of St. Paul's in Damascus from 1984 to 1985.

Police are asking anyone with information about improper conduct by Mr. Stock to contact Detective Louvenna Pallas at 240-773-5400.

The Archdiocese encourages anyone with any knowledge of inappropriate conduct by a member of the clergy to contact the Archdiocesan director of child protection services, Marcia Zvara, at 301-853-5328.


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