Diocese of Monterey Talks about Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Susanne Brunner
August 4, 2011

The Diocese of Monterey is finally giving its side of the story on sexual abuse allegations we first told you about Monday. We found out the allegations are over 50 years old, and that could make it hard to find the truth. The Diocese of Monterey said it will have to go through boxes and boxes of paperwork to bring up any information on Father William Allison, and the fact that he's now deceased, makes it only tougher.

"These lawsuits dating back almost 50 years now are obviously very difficult for us to investigate because we have to go back into the archives and find old paper copies of reports. None of this is digital or anything," said Warren Hoy, Diocese Spokesman.

Diocese spokesman Warren Hoy said with technology up to date and a better archiving system, it doesn't take as long to investigate recent cases. But, this case dates back to the 1960's, meaning everything is on paper and the diocese must go through all the files from the San Carlos Parish and other churches Father Allison may have served at.

Hoy said the Diocese of Monterey is still waiting to actually be served the lawsuit, but they did get a courtesy copy of it from the alleged victim's attorney. A website called shows Father Allison may have abused other kids in New Mexico and Arizona. While it was easy to find that information now, it wasn't when the alleged abuse took place.

"Looking back to 1966 or thereabouts, those things were'nt in place, people haven't even thought about those kind of issues before, so we'll have to look and see what happened 45 years ago."

A study done by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice shows the highest number of reported incidents happened in the 1970's, and most were reported years later.


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