21 priests with ties to Diocese of Rapid City were accused of sexual misconduct

Published: Mar. 19, 2019 at 6:18 PM MDT
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The Diocese of Rapid City has published a list of 21 priests that have, over the years, been accused of sexual misconduct.

The list includes the latest priest to be accused of abuse, John Praveen Kumar Itukulapati.

; admitting to sexually touching a 13-year-old girl in September 2018. He is awaiting sentencing.

Praveen is the only priest on the list who is still alive. Of the 21, 19 are listed as having died while another is unknown.

Like Praveen, six other priests had one allegation against them. Seven priests had multiple accusations and another seven the Church didn’t know how many.

Some of the accused were able to continue as priests for some time after allegations surfaced. In one case, John Corry was accused several times from 1953 to 1979. He was finally ousted in 2004. In other cases, priests were accused over periods of 10 to 25 years.

“The Diocese of Rapid City remains committed to reaching out to victims of childhood sexual abuse within our Diocese as well as doing all that we can to protect our youth and vulnerable adults from harm,” Bishop Robert Gruss stated in the letter on the Diocese website.

“I will ensure that the diocese remains vigilant and transparent in fulfilling its policies and procedures regarding reported sexual misconduct,” the bishop added.

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual misconduct by a bishop, priest, deacon or lay employee can contact the victim assistance coordinator at 605-209-3418.

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