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Ex-Sherman priest at center of police probe

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SHERMAN, Texas -- Police are actively looking for records of child sexual abuse held by the Diocese of Dallas, including allegations against Jeremy Myers, who presided at St. Mary's Catholic Parish in Sherman for more than two decades.

Myers, who also served at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Whitesboro, was removed as a priest last year.

An affidavit from the Dallas Police Department offered new information about Meyers' alleged sexual misconduct years before he came to Grayson County.

Dallas police executed search warrants Wednesday at three Catholic Diocese of Dallas properties, including its headquarters, a storage location, and the St. Cecilia Parish.

"We are looking for any documentation... any data that would tend to further the investigation into these allegations of child abuse," said Dallas police Maj. Max Geron.

According to the search warrant, questions about Myers are based on allegations from 1986 when he attended Subiaco Academy in Arkansas.

Detective David Clark wrote in an affidavit supporting the search warrants that priests and lawyers for the church gave him incomplete and inaccurate records. Clark wrote that his efforts to obtain some material about the alleged sexual abuse of children were "thwarted."

Bishop Edward Burns denied the allegation, telling reporters the diocese has been transparent all along. 

"I just know this is an opportunity for us, and there is people that are suspicious of the church," he said. "I stand before you confident that we are doing what's right, and I'm being confident it's an opportunity for me to say, 'Go ahead. Search if you really think that there's something more, good luck. And if you want to look at it closer, then take it all.'"  

Five priests are now accused of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. Dallas police said no arrests have been made yet.

We have been trying to find out where Myers is now, but we have not heard back from St. Mary's or the diocese.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office said there were no known child sex abuses cases involving Myers in the county.

Myers was one of three clergymen with links to Grayson County who were named by the Dallas Diocese as having credible allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. John Duesman died in 1984; Michael Flanagan died in 2008.

KTEN.com editor Walt Zwirko in Denison and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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