Biloxi Diocese releases list of clergy credibly accused of sexual misconduct

Biloxi Diocese releases list of clergy credibly accused of sexual misconduct

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Catholic Diocese of Biloxi released a list Thursday of clergy credibly accused of sexual misconduct.

The list names Jose Vazquez Morales, Jerome J. Axton and Vincent the Quang Nguyen.

Vazquez previously pleaded guilty to sexual battery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison after accusations of misconduct with a male adolescent in Laurel.

Axton was accused of misconduct with a female adolescent in 1989 in Biloxi, and his ministry was prohibited in 1992. His assignments included Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biloxi, St. John the Evangelist church in Gulfport, Sacred Heart in Pascagoula and St. Alphonsus in Ocean Springs.

Nguyen was accused of misconduct with female adolescents/minors in 1989 in Biloxi. His ministry was prohibited in the Diocese of Biloxi in 1989. His assignments included St. Michael in Biloxi and the Diocesan Vietnamese apostolate.

The diocese notified the District Attorney in all three cases.

“As Bishop of Biloxi, I assure you the clergy, religious, and laity who serve in the ministries of our diocese are firmly committed to making church ministries safe for all people,” said Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III. “The Diocese of Biloxi has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct against children, youth and vulnerable adults and has a sound police in place to address any complaints.”

This list does not include allegations prior to the founding of the Diocese of Biloxi in 1977, nor does it include abuse alleged to have happened outside the diocese by extern clergy who served in Biloxi.

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