The files of six priests with allegations of sexually abusing minors or inappropriate behavior with minors in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis were publicly released on January 14, 2015.
This disclosure of files was agreed upon as part of the settlement of the Doe 1 civil lawsuit in October 2014.
The list of files released today includes the following priests: Joseph Gallatin; James Murphy; Thaddeus Posey; Raymond Prybis; William Stolzman; and Mark Wehmann.
James Murphy – Murphy was charged with criminal sexual conduct in December 1980 for touching an undercover male police officer in an adult bookstore. He was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to have psychosexual testing completed. Archbishop Roach later appointed Murphy to Church of Immaculate Conception in Faribault, MN in June 1981 and then as Pastor of Church of St. Lawrence in Faribault in 1983. By 1987 there were reports of a young man living in the rectory with Murphy and Murphy was sent for treatment. Additional reports of inappropriate behavior soon surfaced and Murphy was evaluated at St. Luke Institute. He continued working without restrictions after his evaluation. In June 1988 Murphy resigned from St. Lawrence and underwent more counseling. Murphy was allowed to continue doing weekend parish work and was granted a sabbatical in Arizona in 1989 where he ministered in the Diocese of Phoenix until 1990. Murphy currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.