Father Vance Z. Thorne
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Assigned as follows:
- 1954-1957 Unknown
- 1961-1971 Diocese of Austin TX
- 1958-1959 St. Leo (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1980-1987 Diocese of Jackson MS; Diocese of Trenton NJ
- 1960-2003 Unknown
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Vance Z. Thorne:
Father Vance Z. Thorne was a priest of the Society of the Divine Word. According to media reports, multiple survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by him in the 1970s and the 1980s. One plaintiff claimed Father Thorne sexually abused him from 1980 to 1986 beginning when he was age 14, at Holy Ghost in Jackson, Mississippi. Another alleged abuse at the same parish as a 9-year-old boy. Multiple criminal indictments and civil lawsuits have been filed against the priest, and he was arrested in 1986.
Father Thorne reportedly remained a member of the Divine Word Missionaries after his arrest and was placed on administrative leave in 1987. His name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It was also included on the Diocese of Jackson’s list in March 2019. It noted an allegation of abuse in 1986 reported the same year. His whereabouts from 1960 until his death in 2004 are unknown.
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