DES MOINES — Three more names have been added to the Diocese of Davenport’s list of credible cases of child sexual abuse by priests.

The diocese added William Kerrigan, James Lawrence and Daniel Emrich to the list on Thursday, bringing to 31 the number of priests and brothers named by the diocese.

The release of the names is the latest development in a lengthy abuse scandal that has plagued the diocese.

In May 2008, a bankruptcy judge approved a plan allowing the diocese to pay $37 million to more than 150 people who said they were sexually abused by diocese priests.

Release of the names was one of the non-monetary provisions the diocese had to fulfill as part of its settlement to emerge from the bankruptcy protection it sought because of its clergy sex abuse scandal.

The allegations against Kerrigan date back to 1954 when he was accused of abusing a girl.

Kerrigan was removed from the priesthood in 1975. He died in 1988.

He served at St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Ottumwa in 1941 and at the now-closed St. Mary’s in Eddyville from 1953-55.

Lawrence, who also is deceased, was accused of sexually abusing a girl in the early 1960s.

He served at St. Thomas More, in Iowa City in 1961; St. Anthony in Knoxville from 1961-66; St. Mary in Eddyville from 1971-72; Sacred Heart in Fort Madison from 1972-73; St. Irenaeus in Clinton from 1973-84; St. Mary in Bryant from 1979-83; St. Mary in Oxford from 1984-87; St. Mary in Davenport from 1987-93; and St. Joseph in Davenport from 1987-95.

Lawrence died in 2008.

Emrich was a brother in the Franciscan Brothers of Christ the King, which was once based in the Quad Cities. Diocesan spokesman David Montgomery said the order has moved around since leaving the Quad Cities and he wasn’t certain where they were now based.

Montgomery said the names are the last of those reviewed by the diocese’s review board.

“All the cases that went through bankruptcy court were reviewed by the board for credibility and these last three are the end of the list,” Montgomery said.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy in October 2006, saying it did not have the money to settle sexual abuse claims that stretched back for decades.

Davenport is one of six dioceses in the United States to file for bankruptcy due to sexual abuse scandals. The others are based in Portland, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; Tucson, Ariz.; San Diego; and Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Davenport diocese reached a settlement in November 2007 with creditors that called for the diocese to pay $17.5 million, with the rest coming from its insurance carrier, Travelers Cos. of St. Paul., Minn. It had already paid nearly $10.7 million to 45 other victims since 2004.



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