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Monsignor Craig Harrison turns to Facebook seeking public's help to find accusers

Posted at 6:14 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 21:19:23-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Monsignor Craig Harrison has turned to Facebook to seek the public's help in finding one of his accusers.

Harrison is trying to locate Ryan Dixon, also known as Brother Justin Gilligan, who is believed to live in a monastery in Oregon. Dixon is named in a slander lawsuit that Harrison’s attorney, Kyle Humphrey filed against him.

The Facebook posts has been shared over 200 times, and claims Dixon fled Mt. Angel Monastery at some point after the lawsuit was filed.

Dixon is not facing any criminal charges, and Humphrey is responsible for serving Dixon with a summons to court.

23ABC spoke with Humphrey about the tactics they are using to track down Dixon.

“From what I hear and I’m not much of a Facebook person, but I hear that this has been sent out over and over again...shared. We already have developed some leads. So, it is working,” said Humphrey.

This is the second slander lawsuit filed this year by Harrison and Humphrey. The first one was in July filed against the Roman Catholic Faithful. The second and most recent one was against his alleged victims.

The Bakersfield police department closed its investigation of allegations of misdemeanor sexual battery made against Harrison. But Harrison is still facing allegations in Merced and Firebaugh.

Firebaugh Police Department said they are in the process of filing their investigation with the district attorney. The
Merced district attorney's office said they are still investigating and have not made any decisions to file any charges yet.