May 13, 2006

Ex-Priest Arrested After Man Says He Was Molested as a Teen in 1980

Washington Post

By Cameron W. Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 13, 2006; Page B02

Montgomery County police yesterday arrested a former Roman Catholic priest living in Rockville on charges of abusing a minor in 1980.

William McSherry Stock, 63, was ordained in 1969 and served five area churches before leaving the priesthood in 1985, said Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington.

Stock was registered to work as a substitute public school teacher from the fall of 2003 until March 2004, but Brian Edwards, a spokesman for the Montgomery County public schools, said the system did not have records indicating whether he taught.

Police began their investigation in March after a 42-year-old Silver Spring man reported that Stock, while an associate pastor at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Olney, had offered him a massage that escalated to a sexual act. The Silver Spring man was 17 at the time and had sought counseling from Stock.

Posted by kshaw at May 13, 2006 07:26 AM