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Assignment Record– Rev. Stephen Tarleton Dougherty, S.O.L.T.

Summary of Case: Stephen Tarleton Dougherty was ordained for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity in 2003. He resided at the S.O.L.T. headquarters in Robstown TX and worked in parishes in Mathis and Corpus Christi in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Dougherty was removed from active ministry in December 2011 after the diocese received an allegation that he had engaged in sexual misconduct. In June 2016 he was arrested and indicted by a Grand Jury for felony sexual assault of a child. He pled not guilty. His accuser filed a civil lawsuit in July 2016 claiming Dougherty sexually abused her from 2005-2011, beginning when she was 7 years-old.

Ordained
: 2003

   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

2003

Diocese of Corpus Christi

Bishop was Edmond Carmody (2000-2010).

2010 Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity

Robstown

Dougherty was arrested and indicted by a Grand Jury June 14, 2016 for felony sexual assault of a child. He pled not guilty. His accuser filed a civil lawsuit July 12, 2016 claiming Dougherty sexually abused her from 2005-2011, beginning when she was age 7.

TX  

 

      Mathis TX   Reportedly did parish work here.

2006

Carmody was succeeded as Corpus Christi bishop by William Michael Mulvey (2010-).

2011 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Corpus Christi TX 5/5, 4/5, 3/4, 2/3

Our Lady of Perpetual Help had a religious education program with 343-120 students.

Dougherty is not indexed beyond the 2011 Directory. He was reportedly removed from active ministry in December 2011 after the diocese received an allegation that he had engaged in sexual misconduct.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 2004-2011).

Suit Says Priest Abused Girl for Six Years, SNAP, July 20, 2016
Diocese of Corpus Christi, Religious Order Failed to Protect Victim, By Fares Sabawi, The Caller-Times, July 20, 2016
Former Priest Denies Sex Assault Accusations, By Krista M. Torralva, The Caller-Times, July 21, 2016
Stephen Tarleton Dougherty, Tahira Khan Merritt, July 22, 2016


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This assignment record was last updated on August 2, 2016.


 
 

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