Church officials in Oklahoma were unaware of a former priest's past

Wednesday, June 5th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

More than 200 of the nation's 46,000 Roman Catholic priests have either been dismissed from their duties or resigned since the sex abuse scandal began in January.

Oklahoma is not immune, there's new information about a former priest convicted of molesting two Duncan teenagers. James Rapp was convicted of molesting those teens in 1999.

Records just released show Rapp was diagnosed in 1986 as having a sexual attraction to adolescent boys. The diagnosis came four years before he was appointed pastor at Assumption Catholic Church in Duncan.

Before he came to Oklahoma, Rapp was accused of molesting two students in Michigan. Church officials in Oklahoma City have said they were not aware of Rapp's past.