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Georgia Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Georgia Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Georgia 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 NameFirst NameDioceseNotes
BiggersClarenceAtlanta, GAIn 2002 several women accused Biggers of molesting them as children in Marietta, GA in the early 1960s. Transferred to Baton Rouge diocese in 1964 . In 2000 a woman told the Baton Rouge diocese he sexually abused her as a girl 1965-67. Biggers was transferred back to Atlanta in 1967. Began living in a monastery in 1969. In 2003 ten women settled for $25,000 each. Personnel file had letter from early 1960s showing parents of some of the girls had complained to the Marists. Biggers died in 2009. On Atlanta archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. On Baton Rouge diocese’s list in 2019.
BollmerJacobAtlanta, GANamed publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. Assignments included Catholic Social Servixed 1969-87 while living at Village of St. Joseph, and Cathedral of Christ the King 1968-69. An alleged victim said in an 11/18 news interview that when he was age 15 in the 1970s, Bollmer asked him to pull his pants down at his St. Joseph Village residence. The man said he reported the incident to the archdiocese after the clergy abuse crisis in Boston was revealed in 2002. Bullmer was removed from ministry in 1987, and died in 2000.
BoucherRichard RoyAtlanta, GAPriest of the Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette. Named publicly as accused on the Atlanta archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. Worked in the archdiocese at Our Lady of LaSalette. Removed from ministry in 1992.
Calle PerezSergioAtlanta, GANamed as accused on the archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. Assigned to St. John Neumann 1998-99, St. Marguerite d’Youville 1998-99 and Prince of Peace 1999. Laicized 2004.
CassityKenneth JosephAtlanta, GASeminarian of the Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette. Assigned to St. Ann’s in Marietta. Pled guilty in 7/03 to molesting twelve-year-old twin boys 7/99-12/00. Sentenced to six years in prison and nine years’ probation. The family sued; settled in 12/03 for $10M. Reported to have sexually abused at least one other boy, age 16. Cassity died in 2006. Included on archdiocese’s list 11/6/18.
CristanchoJorgeAtlanta, GANamed publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. Assigned to seven parishes over his career. On leave of absence 1987-88. On the diocesan Hispanic Liaison Personnel Board 1991-97. Laicized 2003.
EdwardsJohn DouglasAtlanta, GANamed publicly on the archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. Assignments included fourteen parishes over the years, often for only a year or two. Leaves of absences 1973-74 and 1986-87. Last assignment was 1987-1989. Died 1997. Lawsuit filed in 12/18 by man alleging abuse 1976-78 when he was an altar boy, ages 12-15.
GagePhilip S.Atlanta, GAOfficials of the Marist School announced in 1995 that Gage had been removed in 1993 after allegations that he molested a 17-year-old student in 1989. During investigation, officials learned of another possible victim who was 18 at the time of the alleged abuse. Gage was sent to his Order’s headquarters in Wash., D.C. He was active in Baltimore in 2003 per unrelated news article. Possibly living in Atlanta area as of 2009. Per Marist website accessed 10/17, Gage was a Council of the Province member. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese’s list in late 2018. Worked there at St. Vincent de Paul 1979-81.
HoranRaymondAtlanta, GANamed publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. Moved through eleven parishes during career, assigned to a high school 1969-71. Sabbatical 1987. Removed from ministry 1992. Died 2017.
MayhewLeonard FrancisAtlanta, GANamed publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. Assigned to parishes in Decatur, Atlanta, Athens, Monroe and LaGrange. Removed fro ministry in 1966. Died in 2012.
MowatAntonAtlanta, GAEnglish. Removed from ministry 1987. Charged in 1988 with abuse of 4 altar boys in Stone Mt., GA. Prior to charges, he fled the U.S. Extradited from England in 1990 and convicted. Sentenced to 6 years jail and 9 years probation. Served 15 months; released and deported to England. Atlanta archdiocese paid at least $358K to families of 3 of the boys. In 1997 Mowat was again extradited on charges of violating his probation by inappropriately touching an 11-year-old boy in 1994. Ordered ordered back to prison in 11/97 for 4 years. On Atlanta archdiocese’s list 11/6/18.
PaulantonioJosephAtlanta, GANamed publicly as accused on the Atlanta archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. Assigned at some point in the archdiocese to St. Jude the Apostle.
RodriguezAlbertoAtlanta, GAIn 2005 civil suit filed in Miami, one man accused Rodriguez of abusing him at Holy Cross in Atlanta. Plaintiff alleged that Rodriguez kept him locked in the basement of the rectory, drugged him and abused him over a 30 day period. The plaintiff also alleged abuse by multiple other priests in Miami. He fled to Atlanta to escape the abuse. Supposedly Rodriguez admitted abuse to Fr. Hector Gonzales Abreu. Suit settled 2007.
RoggeLouis P.Atlanta, GAPled guilty in 1974 to child molestation charges in Athens GA. Sentenced to six years probation. Returned to active ministry in 1976. Abused two brothers in Joliet diocese 1996 and 1999. Removed from public ministry in 2002. Indicted on criminal charges in 12/06, pled guilty in 4/07. Was expected to receive 60 day sentence and probation. Died 8/07 before sentencing. On Atlanta archdiocese’s list 11/6/18.
Brown, Jr.Wayland YoderSavannah, GAFirst complaint 1969 when he was lay CCD teacher in Savannah. Ordained by Bishop Lessard despite advice from Vocation Director. Complaints through late 1980s. Returned to ministry after treatment at St. Luke’s in 1986. Abuse as children in 1960s and 1970s alleged by 3 men. Pled guilty 9/02 to abuse of 2 boys in 1974 while at Catholic U. Seminary in DC; sentenced 2/6/03 to 10 yrs prison in MD. Laicized 2004. Released from prison 2008. New suit 6/08; settled 10/09 for $4.24M. On Sex Offender Registry. Suit filed 11/11; settled 7/16 for $4.5M. Indicted 8/17 in SC for rape of 2 boys in the late 1970s and 1980s on trips to SC, when he was assigned to St. James in Savannah and the boys were students at the parish school. Pled guilty. One victim said the abuse began at age 9, and that Brown put a gun to his head, threatened to kill him, his family and his dog, and liked killing small animals. Sentenced 10/18 to 20 years in prison. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
DeanJosephSavannah, GANamed publicly as accused by the Diocese of Savannah on its list 11/08/18. Worked in the diocese before 1962. Pastored missions including VA, KY, NC, MS, GA, TX, OK. Died 2/14/07 in Mt. Pleasant, TX. The diocese’s list updated 11/16/18 notes that Dean was investigated by an “independent investigator”, Praesidian, and “exonerated” in 2004.
GallAdolphe J.Savannah, GANamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have worked in the diocese 1932-60. Deceased.
GarciaLorenzoSavannah, GANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 11/8/18. Placed on administrative leave 8/08. Laicized.
GaviganEugene A.Savannah, GANamed as accused on the Savannah diocese’s list 11/8/18. Worked in the diocese 1958-59. Died at age 30 in 1959. Died during a camping trip to the Grand Canyon, along with a 16-year-old boy. Another 16-year-old boy was rescued. Was assistant pastor of St. James’ parish.
GrooverHenry B.Savannah, GAArrested in 2003 for exposing himself to a police officer. Accused in a 1/12/17 lawsuit of luring a young boy into sex acts, beginning 1983. Plaintiff’s lawyer said Groover raped, molested and drugged his client, destroying his childhood. Also said Groover bought a house near the now-adult victim and his family and that he observes and approaches his client’s children. Committed suicide 1/1717, days after he was served the lawsuit.
HaroldJamesSavannah, GANamed publicly as accused on the Savannah diocese’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have worked in the diocse 1948-56. Deceased.
KeohaneBartholomewSavannah, GANamed publicly as accused on the Savannah diocese’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have worked in the diocese 1947-61. Deceased.
MartinAustinSavannah, GANamed publicly by the Savannah diocese on its list 11/8/18. Noted to have worked in the diocese 1964-69, and to have been laicized. Deceased.
MurphyRobertSavannah, GAIn 2002 Murphy admitted he had previously received treatment for sexual misconduct with children in Georgia in 1973 and inappropriate behavior with boys in Chicago in 1980s. He was removed from assignment in 1985 and sent for treatment 1985-1999. Resigned from Board of Members at Joliet Catholic Academy after his admission. On Savannah diocese’s list 11/8/18.
MurrayS. JohnSavannah, GANamed publicly on the Savannah diocese’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have worked in the diocese 1959-60. Deceased.
QuinlanNicholasSavannah, GANamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/8/18. Retired in 1972. Died in 1981.
SmithJosephSavannah, GANamed publicly as accused on the Savannah diocese’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have worked in the diocese 1924-52. Died in 1952.
TeoliRobertSavannah, GANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 11/8/18. Died 12/80.

Please note that this Georgia priest sex abuse list is not an exhaustive and complete list because new information of sexual abuses and sexual assaults by priests and clergy of the Roman Catholic Church becomes available daily.

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