Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Matthew Michael 1954 P Arrested Carmelite Accused in 1986 of abuse in the 1950s of a female relative under age 14. Arrested in 12/02. Criminal charges dropped in 7/03 due to CA Supreme Court ruling. Died in 1/05. At least one claim included in 11/06 $10M settlement with Order, L.A. archdiocese and 7 people alleging abuse by 5 priests. Archdiocese was to release personnel files as part of 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs. Personnel files on 25 priests (including his) to be released in Fall 2012 after CA Supreme Court rejected appeal by the priests. Los Angeles, CA Source:
Carmelite Newsletter April-June 2005; Carmelite Review May 2005; LA Times 11.26.02; Chicago Tribune 12.04.02; Chicago Tribune 01.14.03; Contra Costa Times (AP) 06.20.03; City News Service 07.03.03; San Gabriel Valley Tribune 07.03.03; LA Archdiocesan Report 02.17.04; LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum 11.15.05; The Catholic Key 11.10.06; LA Daily News 10.12.12
LA Times Database 04.20.06

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