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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:00 pm

Organization: 10 not on credibly accused clerics list

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ | The Journal Gazette

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests has released the names of 10 men accused of sexually abusing minors who served or spent time in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, but are not on its list of credibly accused clerics.

The organization, also known as SNAP, released the names during a news conference Tuesday afternoon in front of the diocese's former chancery at 1103 S. Calhoun St.

All were credibly accused of acts outside the local diocese but spent time here, said David Clohessy, a SNAP organizer who released the list.

Five are deceased, he said. Some alleged abuse dates to the 1950s, while the most recent case came to light about three months ago, he said.

Clohessy said the list was compiled with a few hours of online research of publicly available internet postings. Many names came from www.bishop-accountability.org, a comprehenstive abuse tracker.

Some came from the website of Jeff Anderson & Associates, Minnesota attorneys who work with victims, and others from disclosures by priests' own orders or dioceses.

The names would be available to diocesan Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Clohessy said. But the bishop has not included them on a list of 18 credibly accused priests he released in August and updated in October with two names and in November with an additional name.

The additions do not appear on the diocese's website.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette, or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

rsalter@jg.net