Attorneys release names of 17 more priests accused of sexual abuse


Another 17 clergy members associated with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are newly accused of sexually abusing a child, and were identified by lawyers representing alleged victims this week.

Jeff Anderson and Associates, which has been heavily involved in church sex abuse cases, published the list Wednesday (click here to see it).

MPR reports while some of the names had been mentioned before, none were formally accused of abuse up until this point.

Not included in the release are any details about the claims – what abuse is alleged to have occurred, or when and where it happened.

In a statement, the archdiocese said that "in most cases," the conduct occurred decades ago, but offered no other information.

Legal ramifications

A notice of claims for each of the 17 names was submitted to the archdiocese.

What does that mean? It basically lets the archdiocese knows there may be a lawsuit coming concerning the claims.

However, the Pioneer Press says because the archdiocese is going through bankruptcy, no actual suits against the church can actually be filed.

Church releases 4 more names

Also on Wednesday, the archdiocese revealed the names of four priests who have "substantial claims against them of sexually abusing a minor."

  • Michael Bik
  • James Robert Murphy
  • James Namie
  • Raimond Rose

All four of the reported incidents happened between 30 and 60-years-ago. One is deceased, and the other three have been out of the ministry for at least a decade.

"I am profoundly saddened by the effect clergy sexual abuse continues to have on victims/survivors, their families and the community," Archbishop John Nienstedt said.

Next Up

PD Shimmers 4

Annual guide to finding holiday lights displays in MN is released

More than 80 holiday displays are on this year's list.

duluth police department

Duluth police officer charged in September shooting

The officer, who is a five-year veteran, is charged with two felonies.

Screen Shot 2020-11-30 at 1.31.42 PM

Enbridge gets final approval to start construction on Line 3 replacement

The project has attracted criticism from environmental and tribal groups.

Kirk Cousins

Is it a 4-team race for the final NFC playoff spot?

The key for Minnesota likely requires winning on the road against two top NFC teams.


Nov. 30 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations reach new high mark

There are fewer than 100 staffed ICU beds available in Minnesota.

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers-Northwestern game canceled

Minnesota is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in its football program.

frances mosley vandals

Minneapolis woman's home vandalized for a 7th time since March

The most recent incident happened on Thanksgiving.

Grand Cafe

Jamie Malone's Grand Cafe is closing, building owners say

Head chef Jamie Malone will continue operations at Eastside.


High school softball coach accused of stealing booster funds

The 65-year-old is a coach at Lakeville South High School.