Lincoln Diocese releases names of priests accused of abuse, police continue investigation
Several new developments in the ongoing investigations into abuse by Catholic priests were announced Tuesday.
The Lincoln Diocese released the names of six priests accused of abusing minors, as well as the names of three others with accusations who have died.
The list of living priests includes: James Benton, John Copenhaver, Richard Deonise, Robert Hrdlicka, Paul Margand and Sean Redmond. The list of deceased priests includes: Clarence Crowley, Jerome Murray and Aloysius Piorkowski.
Bishop James Conley also announced three new initiatives to address the abuse. The initiatives included enacting comprehensive 'safe environment' policies, publishing a list of priests who have substantiated allegations of childhood sexual abuse against them, and launching an investigation by the Diocese into sexual misconduct by Monsignor Leonard Kalin, a deceased priest.
You can find a complete list and more information about the initiatives by clicking the links below:
In February, Nebraska officials subpoenaed more than 400 Roman Catholic churches and institutions in the state seeking any records related to child sexual assault or abuse.The move was announced by the Nebraska Attorney General's Office, which had last summer asked Nebraska's three Catholic diocese to voluntarily turn over records of child sex abuse dating back decades.
Diocesan representatives were supposed to be in court to discuss the order with Peterson, but that was delayed by a judge until May.
Lincoln Police said in a press release Wednesday that LPD had received the names of the priests, and the department would continue to investigate all criminal allegations involving diocesan staff.