Diocese of Richmond adds four more priests to list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse

Three of the priests died; the fourth is suspended

RICHMOND, Virginia (WAVY) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond named four other clergymen accused of sexual abuse involving a minor. Three have ties to Hampton Roads.

Robert Dixon Beattie served at St. Joseph in Norfolk. He died in 1971 and the abuse allegation was made after his death.

Patrick Francis Quinn served at Christ the King and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk and at Saint Charles in Cape Charles. Quinn died in 1995.

Joseph Slowik served at St. Mary Star of the Sea at Fort Monroe, at Saint Paul at Portsmouth, and at St. Therese’s Church in Gloucester. Slowik has been suspended. The allegations of abuse against Slowik came from his stay in Saint Paul in the early 1990s. He has not been in active priestly ministry since 2006.

The newly appointed fourth priest is Leo Creamer, who died in 1991. He was assigned to two parishes in Richmond.

The diocese updated the list of clergy last Friday. The list was first published in 2019.

In June 2020, the diocese said it was looking into the allegations against several priests.

See the full list at this link.

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