The bishop of the Stockton Diocese has notified Canadian and French authorities that former Lodi priest Oliver O'Grady may have fled from his home in Ireland and gone to either of those nations.
Bishop Stephen Blaire notified the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests this week that he has notified immigration authorities in the two countries and the coordinating body of bishops there of O'Grady's possible disappearance.
The Irish Independent newspaper reported last week that Ireland's national police, known as An Garda Síochána, believed O'Grady may have gone to France and then to Canada.
An Irish police spokesman said through e-mail that the police would not speculate on rumors.
Blaire said in a letter to the Survivors organization that his only knowledge of O'Grady's possible whereabouts comes from news reports.
O'Grady, 61, who served at St. Anne's Catholic Church from 1971 to 1978, was deported to his native Ireland after being paroled from state prison in 2000. He spent seven years at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione after pleading guilty in 1993 to four counts of sexual abuse with children under 14 in Calaveras County. The Stockton Diocese has settled several lawsuits filed against O'Grady.
O'Grady movie debuts today in SacramentoThe documentary, "Deliver Us From Evil," featuring confessions of sexual abuse by former Lodi priest Oliver O'Grady will debut today at Tower Theater in Sacramento.
The film will open at the Lodi Stadium 12 theater on Nov. 3.
First published: Friday, October 27, 2006