Mo. Supreme Court: Archdiocese Must Release Names
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court says the Archdiocese of St. Louis must release the names of church employees accused of sexual abuse over the past 20 years.
The Wednesday ruling upholds a St. Louis judge's earlier decision. The names will only be released to an unnamed woman suing the diocese and her attorneys, not to the general public.
The archdiocese subsequently released a list of 240 complaints made against 115 priests and other employees since 1986. A court order keeps the names sealed to the public.
The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by a 19-year-old woman who claimed the abuse began when she was 5 years old and attended St. Cronan's parish.
The priest had been convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy at a parish in University City decades earlier.