Father William McSherry Stock
Archdiocese of Washington
Assigned as follows:
- 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:
According to media reports, in March 2006, an adult man reported to police that Father William McSherry Stock, sexually abused him in 1980, while an associate pastor at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olney, Maryland. The man was 17 at the time and had sought counseling from Father Stock.
In May 2006, Father 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, 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.
In October 2018, Father Stock’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.
Stock is believed to be residing in Rockville, Maryland.
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