Database of Publicly Accused Roman
Catholic Priests, Nuns, Brothers, Deacons, and Seminarians in the United States
provides convenient access, for law enforcement and other interested persons, to the names of all U.S. Catholic clergy
accused of sexually abusing children and/or possessing child abuse images, commonly referred to as child pornography.
Links are provided to the publicly filed court documents and mainstream media articles that are the sources for this database,
and a factual summary of the allegations is provided for each accused person. This database continues and extends the work
done by the Diocese of Tucson, which published the
first diocesan list on June 21, 2002, and the approximately two dozen
dioceses that have since published lists of their own. Their efforts were based on internal diocesan lists
(see a sample from
Boston) maintained during the 1990s. Our list also has other precursors, as described in our
The Database of Publicly Accused Priests does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a
crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations.
The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty.
Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise.
Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements.
For more information, see our posting policy.