Diocese of Columbus releases names of priests accused of sexual abuse


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese based in Ohio’s capital city has made public the names of 34 priests it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

The Diocese of Columbus said it reviewed the files of nearly 2,000 clergy who served in the diocese since its formation in 1868.

The list includes allegations investigated while priests were still living, after they had died, and whether the abuse happened inside or outside the diocese.

The diocese also included the name of a 35th priest whose alleged abuse is outlined in lawsuits but has yet to be confirmed by religious authorities.

The Cleveland, Steubenville and Youngstown dioceses have released names of credibly accused priests.