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6 Texoma priests accused of child sexual abuse

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Published: Jan. 31, 2019 at 4:23 PM CST
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Six local clergymen have been named in a list released by the Dallas Dioceses Thursday accused of sexually abusing children.

One of the names on this list is Father Jeremy Myers, a longtime priest at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sherman. Parishioners tell us his suspension came in just the last few months, and that a meeting was held Wednesday night at the church to prepare the congregation for the news. Sherman Police Chief Zachary Flores said Thursday he is aware of the situation but the department is not actively investigating any cases at this time.

In total, the Dallas Diocese released 31 names of Priests who served in the North Texas area who have been accused of crimes against children since 1950. The church says they did this in an effort to be transparent and open about this problem and in hopes of beginning the process of healing.

The Diocese's Bishop, Edward Burns, says the names on this list are those of Priests who have allegations against them that the Church considers "credible". That means that the allegation has been reviewed by a board at the church, and they believe it to be true.

Other names on the list with local ties include Michael Flanagan of St. Mary's in Sherman (died 2008), William Lane from St. Charles in Gainesville (died 1986), Jose Saldana from St. Elizabeth/Bonham (removed in 1998, laiciziation pending), and Michael Barone from Our Lady of Victory in Paris (retired, removed 2018).

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MICHAEL BARONE

Status Retired

Diocese of Incardination / Religious Order Diocese of Tyler

Assignment History All Saints

Chaplain - Southern Methodist University

Holy Spirit (Duncanville)

Our Lady of Victory (Paris)

Sacred Heart (Nacogdoches)

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

St. Francis of Assisi (Lancaster)

St. Joseph (Richardson)

St. Joseph Mission (Clarksville)

St. Mark the Evangelist (Plano)

Birth Year 1947

Ordination Year 1975

Year Removed 2018 (Diocese of Dallas)

Year Retired 2017 (Diocese of Tyler)

JOSE SALDANA

Status Laiciziation Pending

Diocese of Incardination / Religious Order Diocese of Dallas

Assignment History Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (Buffalo)

Blessed Sacrament

Chaplain - U.S. Air Force

Corpus Christi (Ferris)

County Jail Ministry (Dallas)

Director - Goree Project (Fort Worth)

St. Augustine

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Cecilia

St. Elizabeth (Bonham)

St. John Nepomucene (Ennis)

St. Joseph (Rhineland)

St. Leo the Great Mission (Centerville)

St. Luke (Irving)

St. Michael (Mount Pleasant)

St. Pius X

Birth Year 1951

Ordination Year 1978

Year Removed 1998

WILLIAM LANE

Status Deceased

Diocese of Incardination / Religious Order Archdiocese of Port of Spain (Trinidad - 1933)

Diocese of Dallas (1958)

Assignment History Holy Cross

St. Charles (Gainesville)

St. Joseph Hospital (Ft. Worth)

Birth Year 1897

Ordination Year 1933

Year Died 1968

JEREMY MYERS

Status Suspended

Diocese of Incardination / Religious Order Order of St. Benedict (1984) Diocese of Dallas (1996)

Assignment History Good Shepherd (Garland)

St. Mary (Sherman)

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Francis of Assisi Quasi (Whitesboro)

Birth Year 1956

Ordination Year 1984

Year Removed 2018

JOHN DUESMAN

Status Deceased

Diocese of Incardination / Religious Order Diocese of Dallas

Assignment History Immaculate Conception (Tyler)

Sacred Heart (Abilene)

St. John (Cleburne)

St. Mary (Sherman)

St. Paul (Electra)

St. Rita (Ranger)

Birth Year 1911

Ordination Year 1939

Year Retired 1975

Year Died 1984

MICHAEL FLANAGAN

Status Deceased

Diocese of Incardination / Religious Order Diocese of Dallas

Assignment History Chaplain, Baylor Medical Center

Christ the King

Immaculate Conception (Corsicana)

Sacred Heart Cathedral (Dallas)

St. John (Wading River, Rockville Center, Long Island, New York)

St. Maria Goretti (Arlington)

St. Mark the Evangelist (Plano)

St. Mary (Sherman)

St. Patrick Co-Cathedral (Fort Worth)

St. Patrick (Dallas)

Birth Year 1928

Ordination Year 1961

Year Removed 1999

Year Retired 1999

Year Died 2008