Diocese Of Reno Releases Names of 12 Priests Accused Of Sexual Abuse

In a statement Friday, The Catholic Diocese of Reno released the names of Nevada priests and religious clergy who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of minors in Reno.

The list of names included 12 priests or other clergy, who had some connection to the Diocese of Reno. Church officials said these religious leaders served in the twelve counties that currently comprise the Diocese of Reno: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe.

The accused were broken up into four categories, church officials said.

In the first three categories, the priests and religious were accused of committing sexual abuse of minors in the state of Nevada. Those listed are:

1) Diocesan priests who formally belonged to the Diocese of Reno, i.e., permanently dedicated to its service (technically termed “incardinated”):

  • Robert Anderson (deceased)
  • Edmund Boyle (deceased)
  • Eugene Braun (removed from ministry in 1974)
  • Robert Despars (deceased)
  • William Duff (deceased)
  • Florence Flahive (deceased)
  • Harold Vieages (deceased)

2) Diocesan priests incardinated in another diocese who worked on a temporary basis in the Diocese of Reno:

  • Carmelo Baltazar (deceased)
  • Timothy Ryan (deceased)

3) Religious order priests who worked in the Diocese of Reno:

  • David Brusky SDS (deceased)
  • Stuart Campbell OP (deceased)

4) A diocesan priest who was ordained for service in another diocese and then transferred to and was incardinated in the Diocese of Reno. Many years after his incardination in Nevada, and a few months before he died, his diocese of origin (the Archdiocese of Louisville) found credible allegations of sexual abuse committed by him when he was part of the Archdiocese of Louisville and has posted his name on its list of credibly accused:

  • Robert Bowling (deceased)

Bishop Calvo said in the statement he has called for a review of policies and procedures as well as a review of clergy files extending back over 80 years, from the inception of the Diocese of Reno after recent national reports of sexual abuse in many churches.

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