Publicly accused Jackson clerics who are NOT on the diocesan ‘credibly accused’ list 3/19

--Fr. Charles Potocki, whose name was included among 17 released by the St. Paul archdiocese in 2014 as part of settlement. The list was of priests with 'substantiated' claims of sexual abuse of minors against them. Fr. Potocki worked in Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska and Mississippi. He was ordained in 1970,  belonged to a religious order called the Order of Friar Minor also known as Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart (OFM) and died in 1992



--Br. Robert B. McGovern, who was named in a 2005 lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse in New Jersey at some point after 1975. He was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, attended Iona College and Manhattan College, joined the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1962, and took his final vows in 1969. Fr. McGovern worked at several New York schools (mostly in the Bronx) and at Holy Child School in Mississippi.

In 2011, he was the co-leader of annual Edmund Rice Youth Camp at Brother Rice High School in Chicago. He died in Chicago in 2016.


--Fr. Kenneth M. Brigham was a Chicago priest who spent at least a month in Bay St. Louis MS. He retired to Las Vegas in 2005 and died in 2006. Fr. Brigham's personnel file is one of 30 files of priests 'credibly accused' of sexually abusing minors produced by Chicago archdiocese in 2014 and released by plaintiffs' counsel Jeff Anderson of St. Paul MN.


--Fr. Michael Charland allegedly molested in Minnesota but also worked in at least seven dioceses (Belleville IL, La Crosse WI, New Ulm MN, San Antonio TX, Milwaukee WI, St. Paul and Minneaopolis MN, Ontario, Canada ). He belonged to a Belleville-based religious order called the Oblates (1-888-330-6264, [email protected]) before being defrocked in 1989. In 2014, a Twin Cities prosecutor announced that Charland could not be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations. As part of an April 2015 settlement agreement, in July 2015 Charland was named publicly as 'credibly accused' for by his former church supervisors. At the time, he a practicing therapist at a Woodbury MN counseling center.


In the 1960s, he was at Our Lady of the Snows in Pass Christian, MS.

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