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.