Idaho Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Idaho Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Idaho 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
Baltazar Carmelo Melchior Boise, ID Extern priest from the Philippines’ Diocese of Malolos. Abused boys over a 20-year period while assigned in the Phillippines, the Diocese of Cleveland, US Navy, Diocese of Boise ID, and Diocese of San Diego. Named in several civil suits. Convicted 1984; sentenced to 7 years. Released to treatment after 3 years. A 2003 civil suit in San Diego said that plaintiff lived with Baltazar and traveled with him for 5 years during military assignments. Always introduced as his nephew. Deceased. On Santa Rosa diocese’s list 1/12/19, where he was a hospital chaplain 1981-82. On Reno diocese’s lit 4/5/19; worked there 1980. On Las Vegas diocese’s list 4/12/19.
Covarrubias Raul R. Boise, ID Placed on leave 9/14/07 after allegations of misconduct which possibly involved abuse. No information on when the event took place or the age and sex of the possible victim. Covarrubias had worked at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish since 1992. Bishop announced in 12/07 that abuse did not involve a minor but that Covarrubias had been ordered to counseling for “misconduct.” He has been returned to his parish per a 5/31/08 article.
Faucher W. Thomas Boise, ID Retired 2015. Canon lawyer, writer. Arrested 2/2/18 by the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children unit, charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana, LSD and ecstasy) and 12 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Per prosecutor, porn found on Faucher’s computer included images of torture and sex abuse of infants and toddlers. Pastor of St. Mary’s 2002-retirement. By 2/14/18 diocese received allegation that Faucher sexually abused a child 40-plus years previously. By 4/13/18 another alleged victim had come forward. One of the two said Faucher abused him 1987-89 when he was in grades 6 and 7 at Sacred Heart, and Faucher was pastor. Pled guilty to child porn in plea deal 9/18. Sentenced to 20 years prison with no parole.
Ferreti (Ferretti) A. J. (Fr. Freddy) Boise, ID A woman filed suit 10/08 against Jesuits alleging abuse by Ferreti in 1970s, beginning when she was 8 and he was assigned to Lapwai Catholic Church, Nez Perce. Died 6/82. Suit dismissed 1/09 and refilled, adding Boise Diocese as defendant. Several other women came forward with similar complaints. At least 2 claims (1 by a man) were settled in massive Jesuit settlement 3/25/11. Named in civil suit against Ursuline Order & Helena MT Diocese 9/11 re abuse at St. Ignatius Mission. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. On Great Falls-Billings List 8/21/18. On Jesuits West List 12/7/18. It notes abuse of a minor 1952-58, 1960-69, 1971-76, reported in 2009.
Garcia Ruben Idalio Boise, ID Boise diocese priest working in Santa Fe in mid-1970s. Accused in a 1994 lawsuit of abuse of a boy in while in NM, after treatment by the Paracletes in Jemez Springs. Settled. Also alleged to have abused in 1981 in ID. On Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. On San Bernardino diocese’s list 10/9/18; worked 1986-87 at a Chino parish. Per San Bernardino diocese, it was aware in 1986 of allegations. Garcia left San Bernardino in 2/87. Incardinated into Diocese of Tijuana Mexico upon recommendation in 1990 from Bishop Tod Brown. Deceased. On Santa Rosa diocese’s list 1/12/19, assigned there beginning 11/73.
Gould William R. Boise, ID Removed from assignment at St. George’s in Post Falls (without privileges) in 5/10 after allegation of sexually inappropriate behavior with a male under 18 in approx. 1981 in Idaho Falls. Diocese admitted that he had previously been sent for therapy in 2005 after a relationship with an adult. Gould denied latest allegation. Few days later, diocese said he had also been sent for treatment in 1989 re allegation by adult. No longer able to function as priest 12/10 per Vatican decision..
Howell Robert (Rapelyea) Boise, ID Ordained as deacon 2001. Pled guilty 11/04 to viewing child pornography in 2002 on a computer at the Boise office of Seattle’s Casey Family Programs, a foster child counseling service. Bishop Driscoll knew of the investigation in 6/04 but only removed Howell in 10/04 and informed the parish where he worked 2/05. Sentenced 1/05 to 18 months in prison. Reportedly laicized in 2006. On ID sex offender registry 6/11.
Worsley James Boise, ID Per 8/02 article, Worsley was accused in 1993 of molesting a boy for 4 years when he was at St. Paul’s Catholic Center. Police investigated but no charges filed because statute of limitations had expired. Worley admitted the abuse. Left active priesthood in 1994. Article says he was “defrocked.” Unable to determine if he was actually laicized.

Please note that this Idaho 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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