Colorado Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

Colorado Priest Sex Abuse List: A list of Roman Catholic Priests & Clergy members of the Colorado 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 Colorado 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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Colorado Priest Sex Abuse List

Merson Law’s Colorado Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Colorado 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, which has yet to release the names of priests found guilty through its own internal investigations.

Last Name First Name Diocese Notes
Abercrombie Leonard A. Denver, CO Letter 7/93 to Pope JP II, Stafford, and Mahony, alleged abuse of boy 1953-57 from age 7 and counted several victims. Said Abercrombie admitted abuse to victim’s sister in 1992. USAF chaplain 1950-53 in LA. Baker diocese 1962-64 but listed on sick leave. VA chaplain in LA 1972-93. Retired. Died 10/94. Late 1950s abuse alleged to Denver in 2002. CA suit 2003. LA Arch. rpt 2/17/04 noted 2 CA victims in 1970s. 1st CO suit filed 9/20/05. At least 9 men allege abuse. Some suits mediated. Others settled 7/08.
Barry Thomas Patrick Denver, CO Woman filed suit against Archdiocese of Denver 10/07 alleging that Barry had abused her in approx. 1970. She was an adolescent with troubles at home. He gave her a place to live before abusing her. Barry died in 2003 at age of 97. Suit still pending as of 7/08.
Bemunuge Prosper Denver, CO Accused of engaging in “various sexual acts” during a counseling session in 1988. Out-of-court settlement reached with the female complainant in 1989. Bemunuge was originally from the Kandy diocese in Sri Lanka. He worked in the Indianapolis archdiocese 1984-85 and the New Orleans archdiocese 1985-86, before working in 2 Denver parishes 1986-88. The second Denver assignment, where the abuse is alleged, is not indexed or listed in the Directory. Name spelled Bemunge in 1985 Directory.
Carignan Wilfred Laurent Denver, CO Carignan, described as a “monk-in-training” who was not accepted into the order, was accused in 2011 of molesting a youth while working at St. Benedict’s Monastery as a beekeeper. The boy was a 6th or 7th grader who was being tutored by Carignan in approx. 2000 when alleged abuse occurred. At time of arrest, Carignan was serving two separate 6 yr – life sentences for abuse of another youth. Conviction was in 2008.
Colucci Bennett Denver, CO A woman reported to the Capuchin Franciscans in 2/15 that Colucci sexually abused her in the 1980s, when she was a student at Marycrest High School. The order deemed the allegations credible. The Archdiocese of Denver was investigating, per its 3/3/16 statement. Colucci worked in Denver 1970 until 1993, when he was removed for “reported misconduct.” His assignments included Marycrest High School, Annunciation Parish and Samaritan House. The woman and the archdiocese reported the allegations to law enforcement. Colucci was living in a Hays KS parish as of 1994. Retired in 2005, living in a Victoria KS parish at least until 2014. On Capuchin Province of Mid-America list 3/1/19.
De Lazzer Dorino Denver, CO Retired from active ministry in 2005. Placed on leave by Denver Archdiocese without privileges 5/10 after woman came forward to allege sexual misconduct by him in early 1970s when she was a minor living in another, unnamed state. He had worked in CO for many years, including Boulder and Greeley. Archdiocese would not reveal any add’l info re allegations. He has denied the charges.
Evans (in Colo) Timothy Joseph Denver, CO Charged with two counts of sexual abuse of 3 boys 1995-1997 and 1999. Removed from active ministry in 2003. Judge was to allow other accusers to testify. Pleaded innocent to all charges. Found guilty in 1 trial in 03/07 and then found guilty in another county in 2nd trial in 04/07. Named in 1st civil suit 4/07. Sentenced to 14 yrs to life 5/07 with 4 more years added 1 day later in another case. Suit settled 4/08.
Gourley Marshall Denver, CO Accused in Sept. 1997 civil suit of abuse of teenage youth in early 1980s. Placed on leave in Oct. 1997. Plaintiffs’ counsel withdrew in 1998. Civil case dismissed in 1998 due to statute of limitations. Plaintiff appealed and case finally dismissed in 1999. Gourley may have left order per 2002 article.
Hewitt Neil Denver, CO Multiple alleged victims. In 2002 a woman told the archdiocese that Hewitt sexually abused her cousin in the 1960s. She gave the archdiocese a letter her cousin had written to Hewitt about the abuse He died by suicide in 1991. In 10/17 a man told a news outlet that Hewitt sexually abused him at age 14 during a trip to Expo ’67 in Montreal. He said another priest and two other boys were on the trip. The man came forward to the Denver archdiocese in 12/17. Hewitt acknowledged when contacted by another news outlet in 5/19 that he did things that were “wrong,” involving “around eight, maybe nine” boys. Hewitt left the priesthood in 1980 and married.
Kurtz Richard James Denver, CO Arrested 11/21/11 in Chicago on charges that he sexually assaulted a boy age 10 in 2001 outside Denver. Pled guilty. Sentenced 12/12. Living at Vianney Renewal Center, Dittmer MO ‘under restrictions’, but worked at the Columbiere Retreat Center in Clarkston MI 10/08 to 11/11. On MO sex offender registry. At the time of the 2001 assault, Kurtz, teacher at University of Detroit Jesuit High School, was visiting Denver. Initial report made 2001 to Jesuits. Arrested 9/29/14 in Dittmer on charges of production, transportation, and possession of child pornography, after two priests contacted the FBI. Kurtz is accused of filming boys on the University of Detroit Jesuit HS hockey team while they changed in the locker room during the 1998-1999 season, as well as transporting child porn from Clarkson to Chicago.
Matson Mark N. Denver, CO Accused of abuse of 2 in CO in 1987 and acquitted of abuse of 1 in 1989 in CA. Convicted 2000 in HI of 1998 sexual assault on 13 yr old boy. Sentenced to 20 years. Also served in San Antonio. Civil suit filed 2002. Another CO victim came forward in 2005 to allege abuse in 1982. He received $22.5K from the Order. New civil suit filed 4/10 re abuse in CO seminary in 1976. Matson in prison and on sex offender register in HI as of 12/11. Parole denied 2/12 but granted 7/13.
McInerney Maurice Denver, CO McInerney was charged with sexually abusing an incest survivor he was counseling. Relieved of his duties but no further information. Oct. 1992 article says that a woman had recently complained that McInerney made sexual innuendos to her. He was placed on leave and the investigation was continuing. He is shown as “absent on leave” in 1993, 1995 and 2002 Catholic Directories.
Nadal J. Bart Denver, CO Spain native. Arrived in U.S. 1949. Long career in CO. Pastor of Holy Family in Ft. Collins in 1989 when 2 young sisters said he molested them. Nadal, 67, said there was a conspiracy against him within the parish. Jury deliberated 10 minutes and acquitted him. Held prominent positions, including rector of St. Andrew’s Seminary in Denver and collaborator for the Liturgical Congress of the Denver and Pueblo dioceses. Died 2/1/15.
O’Liddy Patrick Henry Denver, CO Joined Order in 1977 and ordained in 1990. O’Liddy pleaded guilty in 1999 to sending a lewd photo of himself to 14 yr old girl over the Internet. Mother reported photo to police and he was arrested at meeting site. In 8/2000 he was sentenced to 10 yrs probation and 200 hrs of community service. O’Liddy was on leave from the Jesuits at the time of the offense and after the court sentence he resigned from the Order. On Colorado Sex Offender Registry.
St. Peter Lawrence H. Denver, CO One complainant settled with the archdiocese 7/1/08 as part of 7/08 $5.5M settlement of 18 people alleging abuse by 3 priests. Died 8/18/03.
Stein John Francis Denver, CO One man says Stein sexually abused him hundreds of times over a three-year period in the 1950s at St. Catherine of Siena parish in the plains town of Iliff. Abused began in 1953 when accuser was 10. Man complained to Archdiocese in 1992. They told him Stein has been laicized. Claim settled 9/96 with very strict confidentiality agreement. Stein died in 11/01 at age 84. Obituary referred to him as “Rev.” Stein. Possibly two other victims per source of picture.
Thompson Melvin F. Denver, CO Ordained Wichita, KS. Worked there for approx. 2 yrs. Came to CO in 1969. Removed as parochial vicar at St. Thomas More in Centennial 4/10 after recent allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor boy in 1970s. He denied allegations. In 5/10 man said he told Archdiocese of “inappropirate sexual behavior” with him in early 1990s when he was 20. Priest was sent for treatment of alcohol abuse. Review board found allegations not supported by evidence. Thompson reinstated 1/11 & then retired.
White Harold Robert Denver, CO Sued in 2005 & 2006. At least 29 men and women have filed suits alleging abused by White when they were young teenagers. Archdiocese allegedly knew about White’s behavior as early as 1960s but continued to move him. White worked in 11 parishes over 33 years, was out of active ministry since 1993 and was laicized by Vatican in 2004. Died 11/14/06 in Cancun, Mexico. Not deposed prior to death. 10 suits settled 1/07. Others settled 7/08. Three more filed 7/08.
Blong Delbert Pueblo, CO Accused of molesting boy for 20 years (1971-1992) and infecting him with HIV. Plaintiff lived in the rectory while he was a minor. 1993 civil suit settled 12/94. Blong admitted a relationship with the Plaintiff but countersued alleging that Plaintiff had given him AIDS. The Diocese removed all privileges. He was not even allowed to enter onto any property of Diocese without Bishop’s Permission
Burke Andrew Pueblo, CO Former altar boy at St. Pius X filed suit 2005 re abuse in the early 1970s. Burke left priesthood in 1973; laicized in 1970s. Committed suicide in 2005, 2nd victim & his nephew alleged abuse after Burke left priesthood. In 11/06 Diocese said that allegation by 1st man has been found credible but rejected his settlement demands. Both men filed suits 7/08 which settled 9/09. Personnel file released to plaintiff who filed in 2005 by court order. Court would not release to new plaintiff who filed 10/09
Chung Richard Pueblo, CO Chung, a native of Hawaii who taught religion at a Colorado Springs high school was accused of “inappropriate touching” of a male student in 1992. He committed suicide within two days. Named in 2004 civil suit by man who alleged Chung abused him when he was 14 yr old student at Holy Cross Abbey, a boarding school in Canon City. 1989 Official Catholic Directory gives first name as Meinrad.
Galvan Lucas A. Pueblo, CO Convicted 1989. Pleaded guilty to sexually fondling an 11-year-old girl; sentenced to 1 or 2 year suspended jail sentence and deferred adjudication. Charges then dismissed. Girl settled a lawsuit against the Pueblo diocese for more than $90K. In 1992 hebegan working as a priest in Argentina and as of 1997 he was working as a priest in Mexico. Still active there 4/10 but removed from duty in Mexico City 4/22/10. Apparently can still work in other parts of Mexico.
Groves William Pueblo, CO Pleaded not guilty 12/89 to felony & misdemeanor child molestation. Previously served in MO, NE & KS. Gave shelter to runaway Indian & Hispanic kids and also gave them drugs & alcohol. Pleaded guilty in 1990 to one felony involving 14 yr old boy. Sentenced to 90 days jail & 4 yrs probation. Left active priesthood and spent 10 yrs working in OK as chaplain at a drug & alcohol rehab center. Fired when past discovered. Named in 2009 civil suit by 2 men in CO. Became pastor of church in NC.
Kurz Michael Pueblo, CO Kurz, currently working in Rockford Diocese as Judicial Vicar of Diocesan Tribunal, was named as abuser in 5/08 lawsuit filed in Pueblo, CO. Suit claims abuse occured at Christ the King Church in Pueblo, beginning in 1976 when Plaintiff was in his earlyteens. Rockford said the allegations were unfounded and false since Kurz was not assigned to the parish when abuse is alleged and wasn’t yet ordained during another time when abuse was alleged. Settled.
Maio Daniel C. Pueblo, CO Ordained in 1966 and left priesthood in 1974. Died in 2006. Civil suit filed 3/2010 alleges that Maio abused one 15 yr old youth between 1968-1969 while Maio was serving as youth director for the Diocese. Plaintiff claims that Maio gave him and other youths alcohol and marijuana and played strip poker with them. 2nd Suit filed 4/10 allege same circumstances. Both suits settled 5/11 with unknown terms. In 7/11, one accuser was still waiting for Bishop to call his mother to apologize.
Martin John F. Pueblo, CO Civil suit filed 10/09 alleged that Martin and another priest, Andrew Burke, sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions in early 1970s when he worked as a Janitor at St. Pius X Parish. Some of the abuse occurred prior to his 18th birthday. Martin died in late 1970s. This is believed to be first case naming Martin.
Mueller William C. Pueblo, CO Order & Diocese sued many times in 2005 & 2006. Accused of abuse of at least 40 students in 1960s-1970s. Allegedly drugged then abused them. Left order in 1986. Some litigation filed in TX and MO where he also worked. Allegations report that the dioceses knew as early as 2002. 22nd suit filed end of 01/07. Order investigating move from MO to Pueblo in 1960s. One MO suit settled 10/97. 23 suits settled 1/08 for $4M from Order and Diocese. Another claim settled 08/10 for $500K.
O’Flaherty John G. Pueblo, CO He worked in parishes in St. Louis and Kansas City, and as a hospital chaplain in Monett, MO. He also worked in Pueblo and Denver Dioceses. Named as abuser of 1 in amended civil complaint filed in Pueblo in March, 2011. Died i06/19/87.
Stelzner Barnabus Pueblo, CO Sued 1997. Stelzner and others accused of sexual and physical abuse of 15 yr old boy at Holy Cross Abbey in 1982-1983.

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