Brownsville Diocese Release List of Credibly Accused Valley Clergymen

2 years 3 months 1 week ago Thursday, January 31 2019 Jan 31, 2019 January 31, 2019 12:32 PM January 31, 2019 in News - Local

BROWNSVILLE – The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville is releasing the names of bishops, priests and deacons who have been accused of sexual abuse of a minor in their diocese dating back decades.

Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS he's received a letter from the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

It reveals a victim who provided information that as a youth back in the early 1960s, they were sexually assaulted by a priest who was at a local parish in McAllen.

According to Rodriguez, the priest died in 1969 but they are in the process of verifying that.

They are also working on locating the victim. Pending those tasks, they will determine whether an investigation will be initiated.

Full list can be found here.

The Brownsville Diocese has an estimated population of about 1.1 million attending their 71 parishes throughout Cameron, Willacy, Hidalgo and Starr counties.

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops announced Oct. 10, 2018 that dioceses around the state would be reviewing their files for those names.

It is a coordinated effort at transparency and prevention of further abuse of minors at the hands of clergymen.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS will be speaking to the Brownsville Diocese and will update the story with their comments.

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