Utah’s Catholic Diocese has received ‘credible allegations’ of sexual abuse against 16 priests since 1990

Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune Catholic Bishop Oscar A. Solis leads Mass on the third Sunday of Lent, Sunday, March 4, 2018. March 7th will mark his first anniversary of his installation as the tenth Bishop of Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — In the past three decades, the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City has received “credible allegations” of sexual abuse involving 16 priests, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday.

Two of those allegations were received just this year — with one case revealed publicly for the first time Thursday in a letter to Catholics from Bishop Oscar A. Solis.

The letter, called “Report to the People of God of the Diocese of Salt Lake City,” is likely the first time Utah Catholics have received this type of accounting of sex abuse allegations against priests, said diocese spokeswoman Jean Hill.

It also marks the first time the diocese acknowledged outside the parishes where he served that a second priest has been put on leave this year in connection to a sexual abuse allegation.

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