Father Vance Thorne
Diocese of Little Rock/Society of the Divine Word
- 1958-1959: St. Leo Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1971-1980: St. Bartholomew (Little Rock, AR)
- Holy Ghost (Jackson, MS)
- St. Mary (Vicksburg, MS)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Vance Thorne:
Fr. Vance Thorne was ordained a priest in 1954. He was assigned to St. Bartholomew in Little Rock, Arkansas under the Diocese of Little Rock. Thorne also worked in the Diocese of Austin, Texas (1961-1971), Jackson, Mississippi (1980-1987), and Trenton, New Jersey.
According to the LA archdiocesan report in 2004, Thorne was accused of abuse by one person in the early 1970s.
There were at least 3 civil suits and 2 criminal indictments filed between 1986-1987 in Mississippi. One plaintiff claimed abuse by Thorne between 1980-1986 beginning when he was age 14 at Holy Ghost church in Jackson, Mississippi. There was another alleged abuse at the same parish as a 9-year-old boy. It notes alleged abuse in 1986 and that it was reported the same year.
Thorne appears on a list published by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in addition to credible allegations in the Diocese of Jackson.
Thorne died in 2004.
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