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Mississippi Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

Mississippi Priest Sex Abuse List: A list of Roman Catholic Priests & Clergy members of the Mississippi Diocese accused of sex abuse and/or sexual assault of minors.

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Merson Law has compiled a list of Roman Catholic Priests and Clergy members (the Mississippi priest sex abuse list) accused of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault of minors. The Sexual Assault team at Merson Law specializes in Catholic Clergy and Priest Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault cases.

This information found in this list is compiled from the Database of Publicly Accused Priests and 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.

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Mississippi Priest Sex Abuse List

Merson Law’s Mississippi Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Mississippi Catholic Church network. The names in this list are only those that have been found to be credible, however it is likely that there are names missing, due to the sheer number of accounts and the historical aversion to transparency by the Catholic Church.

This list is not endorsed by the Archdiocese, which has yet to release the names of priests found guilty through its own internal investigations.

Last NameFirst NameDioceseNotes
BalserEdwardJackson, MSRetired in 2003. Removed from public ministry as announced by the diocese in 7/19, due to a credible accusation that he sexually abused a girl in the 1950s. The abuse allegedly began in 1953 when Balser was a seminarian, and continued beyond his 1956 ordination.
BenderCuthbertJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Died in 1968. Alleged abuse in the late 1950s in the Aberdeen area reported to the diocese in 2008.
BoyceThomasJackson, MSRemoved from ministry in 2002, died the same year. Woman filed civil suit in 2002 alleging that Boyce abused her for several years in 1970s-1980s. She was ages 13-18 during the time of the abuse. Suit dismissed by MS Appeals Court on SOL 6/06. Diocese acknowledged abuse in 2003. In 1/07 MS Supreme Court declined to hear Plaintiff’s appeal. On diocese’s list 3/19/19.
BroussardGeorgeJackson, MSSued 2002, accused of sexual abuse of 3 brothers over a 4-year period. One plaintiff signed affidavit that his father met with then- Vicar General of Diocese, Bernard Law, in 1973 to report the abuse but Law did nothing. In 6/02 deposition in another case Law admitted that he failed to keep Broussard, his seminary friend and classmate, away from children after being warned that he was molesting them. Suit settled 3/06. Died in 2007. On diocese’s list 3/19/19. It notes alleged abuse 1969-74 and that he left ministry in 1975.
CaldwellRichardJackson, MSPermanent Deacon. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Allegations of abuse in 1981 reported in 2018. Removed from ministry.
CanoniciPaulJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. It notes report in 1997 of alleged abuse in 1983, in the Madison area. Retired 1998. Removed from ministry in 2002.
CrowleyTimJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. Deceased. Diocese received a report in 2018 of alleged abuse in 1968 in Chatawa.
DowningNeliusJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. It notes report in 2002 of alleged abuse in 1939 in Meridian. Deceased prior to accusation.
DullardThomasJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Alleged abuse in 1973 reported to the diocese in 1973. Removed from ministry in 1974. Deceased.
GuidryJoseph IsraelJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. Report to the diocese in 2004 of alleged abuse in 1980 in Greenville. Removed from ministry 2004. Added to Baton Rouge’s list in 7/19, due to allegations elsewhere. Assigned at some point to St. John the Apostle in Baton Rouge.
HaddicanBernardJackson, MSTwo accusers came forward, one in 1998 and another 2002, alleging abuse 1964-84. A man claimed abuse by Haddican over a three-year period, beginning when he was age 12. Case settled in 2000 for $44K. Haddican died in 1996. In 2002 the original plaintiff and a man abused by another priest filed suit against the diocese and Cardinal Law (former VG of Diocese) alleging the diocese covered up their abuse and lied to them about other cases. The mother of the first complainant reportedly had asked Law for his help in 1970s, but he did nothing. Suit dismissed on Def. Motion for Summary Judgment 9/03. On Jackson diocese’s list 3/19/19.
IrwinMichaelJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Died 1993. Alleged abuse in 1975 in Vicksburg, reported to the diocese in 2005.
KircherJamesJackson, MSRemoved in 1987 for misconduct. Retired in 1991. Four men alleged in a 2/02 suit that they were abused by Kircher beginning in the mid-1970s and continuing through 1984. Two plaintiffs had previously settled with Diocese in 1994. Judge dismissed portion of suit re two who had previously settled but allowed two new plaintiffs’ case to go forward. On New Orleans archdiocese’s list 11/2/18. Noted to have received allegation in 2010 of abuse in 1970s. In residence in the 1970s at St. Julian Eymard in Algiers LA. Died in 2007. On Jackson diocese’s list 3/19/19. Diocese received reports in 1986 and 2002 of abuse 1978-82.
LeePatrickJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. Alleged abuse in 1988 in Vicksburg reported same year to the diocese. Removed from ministry 1988.
LeimbachWilliamJackson, MSCivil suit filed 7/07 in federal court alleges that Plaintiff (then 15) was abused in 1983-1984 at Saint Stanislaus College/Saint Stanislaus High School by a “Brother William.” School was run by the Sacred Heart Order. Leimbach was removed from ministry with students in 1991 after complaints by two students but continued to work with adults and within the order. He has been living in Burrillville, RI since 2005.
LeonardJohnJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Died in 2003. Diocese received allegations in 2004 of abuse in Bay St. Louis 1952-56.
LucasDonJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. Deceased. Alleged abuse in 1998 in Greenwood reported in 2018.
MacDonaldVincentJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. Alleged abuse in the early 1970s in Walls reported to the diocese in 2002. Removed from ministry 2002. Died 2017.
MaddenPaulJackson, MSAccused in 1993 of abuse of 13-year-old boy on 1973 trip to Ireland. Plaintiff settled for $50K. In separate 2002 suit plaintiff alleged church lied, telling him there was no previous knowledge of abuse by priests. Attached to petition was letter signed by a Paul Madden who said he “feels remorse and guilt for the molestation.” Judge ruled in favor of Defense Motion for Summary Judgment 9/03 and case was dismissed. Worked as a missionary of the Society of St James the Apostle 1991-1993 and 1994-2002. Officially joined Chimbota diocese in Peru in 2003. Still active there in 8/15. Retired and living in Peru in 3/19. On Jackson diocese’s list 3/19/19.
ManningAedenJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. It notes report received in 1991 of abuse in 1967 in New Jersey (diocese not named). Retired in 2002. Died in 2008.
O’HanlonDanielJackson, MSExtern priest from the Diocese of Springfield, IL. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Died in 1969. Allegations reported 1993 and 2002 of abuse 1966-67 in Biloxi.
OlivierRobertJackson, MSRemoved from active ministry in 12/06 after Diocese completed investigation of complaint that he had “sexual contact, but not intercourse, with a female teen over four years” in the 1950s. Woman wrote to the Diocese in 12/06. Olivier admitted the relationship. Abuse took place during his first assignment. On diocese’s list 3/19/19.
ReidFrancisJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. It notes he left ministry in the 1970s and died in 1993. In 2014 the diocese received a report of abuse by Reid in 1963-65 in Leland.
ReidKevinJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Left ministry in 1976. Deceased. Report to diocese in 2002 of abuse 1961-66 in Bay St. Louis.
RichardsonPeterJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. Removed from ministry in 2010, died in 2014. Per list, abuse 1987-90 in Aberdeen reported in 2014.
SiekmanIvanJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Left ministry in 1990. Diocese received report in 2003 of abuse in Bay St. Louis 1972-73. Faculties removed 2003.
SmithJackJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Deceased prior to accusations, which were reported in 2003. Abuse allegedly occurred 1972-80.
SwiftGeraldJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. Report to the diocese in 2002 of alleged abuse in 1978 in Kosciusko. Died in 2007.
TaylorJamesJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Died before accusations reported to diocese in 1998. Abuse allegedly occurred in 1962 in Woodville.
WestPaulJackson, MSThe Diocese of Jackson announced 7/29/18 that it had received a credible allegation that West had sexually abused a minor while working at St. Francis of Assisi in Greenwood, where he was assigned 6/93-11/98. West reportedly left Mississippi and the Franciscans after leaving St. Francis. On diocese’s list 3/19/19. It notes abuse reported 1998 and 2018.
WilliamsThomasJackson, MSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/19/19. Died in 1983. Diocese received accusations in 2002 and 2012 of abuse in 1958 in Gulfport.

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