Archdiocese ordered to release names of accused priest

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Supreme Court Wednesday issued its ruling on whether the ST. Louis Archdiocese should hand over the names of priest accused of sexual abuse.  The full panel of justices ruled that the Archdiocese must turn over the names of the priest, ending the battle over releasing the names first ordered by St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Robert Dierker.

The Post-Dispatch, reports that the order is part of a 2011 suit filed on behalf of a then 19-year-old woman, who accused a priest of sexual abuse from 1997-2001.

Previously, the Archdiocese had only releases 240 anonymous complaint against 115 church employees.

Today’s order not only covers the release of priest names, but the names of victims also. But those names will only be released to attorneys involved in the case, and sealed from the public.

Statement from Ken Chackes, attorney for the plaintiff

Statement from the Archdiocese of St. Louis