Fr. William McSherry Stock – Archdiocese of Washington

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father William McSherry Stock

Archdiocese of Washington/Baltimore

Father William McSherry Stock – Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Abandoned: 1985

Assignment History:

  • 1969 – 1973: St. Jane Frances de Chantal (Bethesda, MD)
  • 1973 – 1974: Mt. Calvary (Forestville, MD)
  • 1974 – 1983: St. Peter’s  (Olney, MD)
  • 1984: Our Lady Queen of Peace (Middle River, MD)
  • 1984 to 1985: St. Paul’s (Damascus, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father William McSherry Stock:

Father William McSherry Stock was a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, and Baltimore. In 2018, Father Stock’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

According to media reports, in 2006, a man reported having been sexually abused by Fr. Stock in 1980, when the victim was 17. Fr. Stock was an associate pastor at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olney, where the victim sought counseling from him. During their counseling sessions, Fr. Stock sexually abused the victim. Fr. Stock was arrested and charged with custodial child abuse. A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington said Father Stock served five area churches before leaving the priesthood in 1985. In the fall of 2003, Father Stock became a substitute teacher for the Montgomery County Public School system.

In September 2006, he was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a boy in 1978. The victim was allegedly abused by Father Stock when he was 14 years old. The victim reported that during a face-to-face confession at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Father Stock touched him inappropriately.  According to police reports, approximately two weeks later, Father Stock drove the victim and other altar boys to the movies. During the movie, Father Stock sat next to the victim and touched him inappropriately. After the movie, the other boys were dropped off, and the victim was left alone with Father Stock. The victim was then driven to the church, and Father Stock again inappropriately touched and sexually assaulted the victim in the cloakroom, police said.  According to the charging document, after the victim resisted Father Stock in the cloakroom, Father Stock stopped touching him and “told him that this would be their little secret.”

In October 2007, Fr. Stock pleaded guilty last to two counts of unnatural and perverted sexual practices. The following month in November, Father Stock was sentenced to 19 months in prison. Stock is believed to be residing in Rockville, Maryland.

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