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Alabama Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

Alabama Priest Sex Abuse List: A list of Roman Catholic Priests & Clergy members of the Alabama Diocese accused of sex abuse and/or sexual assault of minors.

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Merson Law has compiled a list of Roman Catholic Priests and Clergy members (the Alabama priest sex abuse list) accused of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault of minors. The Sexual Assault team at Merson Law specializes in Catholic Clergy and Priest Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault cases.

This information found in this list is compiled from the Database of Publicly Accused Priests and does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty.

Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements.

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Alabama Priest Sex Abuse List

Merson Law’s Alabama Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Alabama Catholic Church network. The names in this list are only those that have been found to be credible, however it is likely that there are names missing, due to the sheer number of accounts and the historical aversion to transparency by the Catholic Church.

This list is not endorsed by the Archdiocese of Mobile, which has yet to release the names of priests found guilty through its own internal investigations.

Last Name First Name Diocese Notes
Bordenca Charles Birmingham, AL Accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy in the 1960s. “Retired” in 1991 but continued to work part time in the Mobile archdiocese. Removed by Bishop Foley in 2002 after the Dallas Bishops’ Conference. Also accused of inappropriately touching several men during counseling situations. Other minor victims known. Bordenca died 6/28/17. On diocese’s list 12/14/18. It notes that he was removed from ministry in 1989.
Cooke Kevin Birmingham, AL Removed in 2002 after he was accused of inappropriate contact with girl, age 14, more than 25 years previously. May have occurred when he was in seminary. Faculties withdrawn in 2003. On diocese’s list 12/14/18.
Cross Charles V. Birmingham, AL Removed 5/02. Alleged to have molested at least 4 male teenagers in the early 1960s. Had not served as parish priest since 1985 because of “unrelated claims of sexual misconduct.” Main duty was to oversee maintenance at diocese headquarters. Forced to retire 6/02 without privileges. One man sued Cross in 1995, claiming abuse 1960-1964. He had reported the allegations to the diocese in 1993. Case dismissed on SOL. Died 4/24/10. Referred to as “retired priest.” On diocese’s list 12/14/18.
Ventura John J. (Jack) Birmingham, AL Ordained for Diocese of Paterson NJ. Incardinated 1974 into Birmingham diocese. Removed in 1985 after allegations. On Birmingham diocese’s list 12/14/18.
Bendillo Nicholas Paul Mobile, AL Known as “Br. Vic.” Taught at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile 1959-1998. Complaint received in 1998. Placed on leave. Received treatment. Arrested 4/03. Convicted. Sentenced in 2004 to 5 years prison. Multiple plaintiffs with allegations going back to 1963. Civil suit filed 2003 by two men. Settled in 2004. Two more suits filed 5/04. Released from prison hospital 7/04/07 at age 78. Sent to Missouri for treatment. On AL and MO sex offender registries. On Mobile archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. Noted to be deceased. On Jackson diocese’s list 3/19/19.
Brown Joseph Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese of Mobile on its list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have been 1965-68. Assigned at some point to Shrine of the Holy Cross parish in Daphne. List doesn’t name Brown’s Order, whether he was a priest or religious brother, when he worked in the diocese or where the misconduct occurred. Prohibited from ministry in the archdiocese.
Cullen Thomas J. Mobile, AL Ordained in Ireland, his native country, for the Diocese of Mobile. Elevated to monsignor in 1966. Abuse alleged to have occurred in the 1950s. Retired 1996. Died 3/1/06 in Texas City, TX. Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 12/6/18.
Dahmen Vernon Mobile, AL Named as accused on the archdiocese’s list of credibly accused priests and deacons 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have occurred mid-1970s-early 1980s. Deceased.
Evans Timothy Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have occurred in 1998. Assigned to parishes in Daphne, Monroeville, Bayou La Batre. Director of Office of Youth Ministry. Prohibited from ministry in the archdiocese.
Evans Timothy Wayne Mobile, AL Placed on leave 12/05 after allegations of sexual and substance abuse involving a teenage boy up to 6 years previously. One priest said rumors had circulated for at least three years before Archdiocese investigated. A 7/06 article said he remained in treatment in Alabama.
Gill Joseph C. Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” in late 1960s. Parish assignments in Birmingham, Warrington FL, Mobile, Grove Hill, Dothan, Bessemer, Guntersville, Chickasaw, Whistler. Deceased.
Grabowski Robert L. Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese of Mobile on its list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have been in 1979. List says he was an Order priest or brother, but doesn’t name the Order, when he worked in the diocese or where the misconduct occurred. Assigned at some point to McGill-Toolen High School. Prohibited from ministry in the archdiocese. On the Sioux Falls, SD diocese’s list 3/21/19. Was reportedly assigned to St. Mary’s Inter-Parochial High School by the late 1950s, and by 1965 was the school’s superintendent. Sioux Falls notes that his faculties were permanently removed in 6/79 and he was laicized 3/21/92.
Hardman John Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused by the Archdiocese of Mobile on its list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have occurred 1972-78. Worked at some point at Most Pure Heart of Mary parish in Mobile. Deceased. On Baton Rouge diocese’s list in early 2019. In residence at some point at St. Catherine of Siena in Donaldsonville, LA.
Havens James A. Mobile, AL Removed from St. Vincent de Paul church as of 5/8/13 and placed on administrative leave after woman accused him of sexual abusing her at age 10 in 1989 at her family’s home. He was assigned to St. John’s parish in Butler at the time. District Attorney’s office notified. Allegation deemed credible. Died 2/27/18. On archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. It notes misconduct in 1986.
Keil Anthony A. Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused by the Mobile archdiocese on its list 12/6/18. Worked in the 1950s at St. Joseph’s in Maysville. Deceased. Per the 1956 Directory, he was a Josephite priest, middle initial A., surname spelled Keil, not Kiel as on the archdiocese’s list. Deceased.
Lawlor Edward J. Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused on the Mobile archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. Name misspelled Lawler. “Misconduct” noted to have occurred in 1972. Doesn’t say where. Parish assignments in Birmingham and Mobile. Deceased.
Leary Edward A. Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused on the Mobile archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have occurred 1970-72. Assigned to Our Lady Queen of Peace in Selma at the time. Deceased.
Nicholson Patrick J. L. Mobile, AL Nicholson, a chaplain assigned to Air Force Academy, was accused of pressing a female freshman at Air Force Academy in 1984 into an improper sexual relationship after she had gone to him for counseling. The relationship resumed briefly in 1999. Woman told military investigators of the relationship in 1999 and he was discharged from Air Force in 2000. Another woman came forward in 2003 to allege abuse by Nicholson when she was 15 in 1970s. Previously part of Mobile AL diocese. On archdiocese’s list 12/6/18.
Nouwen Robert L. Mobile, AL Nouwen pled guilty 12/12 to possession of child pornography (boys). He was deacon at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Removed from ministry. Per 5/13 press release, he also admitted to federal authorities that he had raped two children. Sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and lifetime supervision after release. Archdiocese to ask that he be laicized. On archdiocese’s list 12/6/18.
Rutledge John Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused on the Mobile archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have occurred 1968; no indication as to where. Rutledge was assigned at some point to St. Michael’s in Auburn. Deceased.
Savoie Johnny S Mobile, AL Mobile archdiocesan VAC was contacted apparently in late 2013 by man alleging that Savoie had engaged in ‘inappropriate sexual conduct’ with him as a boy aged 16-18 in about 2005 at St Lawrence church in Fairhope. Archdiocesan lawyer contacted county DA in 12/13 and 1/14. DA did not investigate because at age 16, the accuser was beyond the AL age of consent. Archdiocese did not place Savoie on leave, and it is not known whether AL child protection officials were notified. The archdiocese reportedly investigated by 2/16/14, when Savoie announced to parishioners: he had been accused, he ‘adamantly denied’ the allegation, and as the archdiocese ‘has determined that there is no evidence to support the accusation,’ he ‘will remain serving as pastor of St Pius X,’ where the principal of the grammar school reports to him. In Savoie’s 9/30/14 deposition in a case accusing him of ignoring bullying complaints at the school, he stated that the Fairhope boy was working part-time at St Lawrence.
Schrenger Arthur C. Mobile, AL Accused of abuse and placed on leave 2003. Per 12/05 article, he appealed to Rome the archdiocese’s finding that he had two instances of misconduct with minors prior to 1985. One 2003 article says he admitted abuse. No criminal prosecution because of statute of limitations. On archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have occurred late 1960s-1982. Prohibited from ministry in archdiocese.
Sherlock J. Alex Mobile, AL Placed on leave 2/03. First complaint received by Archbishop Lipscomb in 1997 regarding abuse in 1970s. Sherlock admitted the incident; Lipscomb transferred him to another parish. At least 3 further credible allegations received between 2000 and 3/03. Sherlock admitted ‘relations’ with at least 3 students at McGill-Toolen High school. Resigned 2003. Died 2005. On archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. Misconduct noted to have occurred 1966-1982.
Smith Edward Eugene Mobile, AL Per 4/03 articles, archdiocese had given Smith’s file (along with several others) to District Attorney to investigate re charges of abuse. Archdiocese website said he was “Absent” on one day; the next day his name was not on the website. Per a 2/04 article Smith was on leave from the archdiocese 1985 -2002. Never charged. On archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have occurred in 1984. Prohibited from ministry in the archdiocese.
Walton John J. Mobile, AL Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 12/6/18. “Misconduct” noted to have occurred in the 1970s. Parish assignments in Bayou La Batre, Brewton, Andalusia, Mobile, Semmes. Also in US Army Reserve. Deceased.
Ziter Nelson B. Mobile, AL Sued in 1994 by a man alleging physical and sexual abuse 1974-79 while Ziter was pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Selma. Suit dismissed on SOL. Assignments included Queen of Peace in Selma, St. Philip Neri in Belle Fontaine, St. Elizabeth in Selma, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Mobile. Ziter died in 2000. On the Mobile archdiocese’s list 12/6/18.

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