The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph has released the names of 19 clerics who Bishop James Johnson Jr. says had substantiated allegations of child sex abuse against them. This archdiocese is the last of four Missouri dioceses to release a list of accused clerics.
Out of the 19 clerics named in this report:
One of the laicized clerics, Shawn Ratigan, is currently serving a 50-year federal prison sentence following a 2013 conviction for producing or attempting to produce child pornography.
The diocese has also released 11 names of clerics in other categories:
The diocese submitted this list to the Missouri attorney general's office, which is currently investigating clergy sex abuse in all four of the state's dioceses.
In July, the St. Louis Diocese named 61 clergy with substantiated allegations against them. The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has identified three priests and the Diocese of Jefferson City released a list of 35 credibly accused clergy members.
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