Former priest Edmundo Paredes made headlines when he fled town in 2018 after being accused of molesting three boys and financial theft at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Oak Cliff.

After the accusations came out, the Bishop of Dallas vowed to name Dallas priests accused of sexually abusing children. In a public letter released Thursday, Bishop Edward J. Burns writes that a group of former law-enforcement officers investigated 2,424 priests who have served in the diocese since 1950.

“Those investigators identified files which contained credible allegations of the sexual abuse of minors,” he writes. “The Diocesan Review Board, which includes local experts in law enforcement, clinical psychology, law, and medicine, then reviewed those allegations.”

The dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth released the names of 31 priests who have been credibly accused.  Some of them have served in Preston Hollow at Christ the King, Jesuit and St. Rita. Here are the names:

Henry McGill, Christ the King
Michael Flanagan, Christ the King
Williams Hoover, Christ the King
James Reilly, Christ the King
Patrick Koch, Jesuit College Preparatory School and St. Rita Catholic Community
Vincent Malatesta, Jesuit College Preparatory School
Benjamin Smylie, Jesuit College Preparatory School, St. Rita Catholic Community
Click here for the complete list.

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