Dallas County Says Accused Catholic Priest Was Recently a Volunteer Jail Minister

A priest on the Dallas Catholic Diocese’s list of clergy members “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of minors was a volunteer Dallas County jail chaplain as recently as last fall, the county announced Tuesday.Dallas County listed Robert Crisp as a "Religious Service Provider" from 2015 until 2018, according to a statement from Sheriff’s office spokesman Raul Reyna.Crisp's duties "included accepting confessions from the inmates behind a glass window in a controlled visitation environment," Reyna said in the statement. "No other services were performed by Crisp."Crisp, 69, who is retired, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.The Dallas diocese included Crisp's name last week on its list of 31 "credibly accused" clergy members. The diocese had a team of investigators comb through its files of clergy members since 1950 as part of a transparency measure, which was a response to the latest flare-up in the Catholic Church's worldwide sex abuse crisis.But allegations against Crisp had already been public for years.  Continue reading...

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