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Illinois Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Illinois Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Illinois 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
Calhoun James R. Belleville, IL Permanently removed from ministry 3/93. Died 5/26/96. Believed to have abused several youths. One man said he was forced to “lure sex partners” from local park for Calhoun and another priest 1981-1983. Also claimed Calhoun was part of a homosexual ring of abusive priests. Named as abuser in 7/94 civil suit. Another suit said he covered abuse by Robert Vonnahmen. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Chlopecki Robert Belleville, IL Multiple complaints of sexual acts with boys in early 1980s. Suspended from active ministry 3/93. Accused of being part of sex ring involving Fr. James Calhoun and other priests. In original petition, name was spelled “Kolpecki.” On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave.” On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Crook David G. Belleville, IL Placed on leave 3/93. Permanently removed from active ministry 1/95 over allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenager “some years ago.” As of 2002, he had left the Illinois area. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave/Retired.” On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Friedman Daniel L. Belleville, IL Accused of sexual advances towards boy at summer camp in 1986. Vicar General recommended removal in 1988 but no action taken until 1994 after further investigation. He was later reinstated to parish but not to camp duties. Woman sued him 2/02 allegingthat he had fondled her during counseling sessions; suit dropped 6/02. Removed 9/02 pending review of 1986 allegations. Again allowed to return to active ministry 4/03 after review by Fitness Review Board. Still active as of 1/09.
Hechenberger Gerald R. Belleville, IL Arrested 1/08/18. Charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography, and possession of methamphetamine. Associate pastor of Holy Childhood parish and school in Mascoutah, St. Pancratius in Fayetteville and St. Liborius in St. Libory. Had taken leave in 2011 for “very serious personal, pastoral and legal challenges.” In 2004 pled guilty to trespassing at a truck stop “holding his pants in his hand and [with] no shirt on.” Charged in 1983 and 1989 with DUIs. It was announced 1/19 that he would undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if he was mentally competent to stand trial. Trial re-set several times, latest date to be 1/18/19. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Kastner Edwin G. Belleville, IL Removed 9/93 pending investigation of allegation that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with male youth about 20 years prior. Charges not specified. Permanently removed from active priesthood 6/94. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave/Retired.” Died 5/1/12. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Kownacki Raymond F. Belleville, IL Permanently removed 11/95 when accused of abuse and rape of teenage girl. She filed suit 3/95 alleging abuse for several years in early 1970s and causing her to miscarry child. She told Bishop in 1973. Suit dismissed on SOL. Two men filed suits in 2002 and 2003 claiming abuse in 1970s. Jury award of $5M to 2002 plaintiff in 8/08 trial. Decision appealed. Diocese paid $6.33M (w interest)) 8/11. Settlement of 2003 suit 10/09 for $1.2M. Two men sued 4/09. Two suits settled 3/12. New suits 10/11 and 8/12. Laicized 1/11/13. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Kreher Albert E. “Gene” Belleville, IL Diocese said it learned in 1997 of allegations that Kreher sexually abused a boy for one and a half years in the early 1980s, starting when the boy was age 14. Kreher admitted to regularly sleeping with the boy, but denied abuse. The boy, Steven Poole, said he told another priest in the early 1990s. Poole went on to become a priest of the diocese. Poole said Kreher slept naked, kissed, fondled, and rubbed his genitals against him. In 2010 Bishop Braxton made Kreher write Poole a letter of apology, but allowed Kreher to continue as head of Boy Scouts Council. The letter was leaked to media. The Boy Scouts removed Kreher in 2016. Police launched an investigation.
Linnemann Eugene G. Belleville, IL Linnemann had just taken a health leave for “stress and depression” when he was removed 5/93 from duties as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Ruma. Permanently removed from active ministry 1/95. Per diocesan records, sexually abused a minor more than ten years previously. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave.” Died 3/1/11. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
MacPherson Walter E. Belleville, IL Removed 2/94 from position as pastor of St. Martin of Tours parish in Washington Park after allegations of sexual misconduct with a boy in his early teens “more than 20 years ago.” In 1/95 the Diocesan review board permanently removed him from active ministry and he retired. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave/Retired.” Died 7/16/11. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Peterson Louis P. Belleville, IL Accused of molesting a teenage boy sometime 1992-1994. Stepped down voluntarily 1/94 while investigation conducted. Permanently removed in 11/95 from active ministry by Fitness Review Board. Not enough evidence for police to prosecute. By 7/02 he had requested a “third stage review” by Bishop Gregory, who found no reason to return him to active ministry. Peterson appealed to the Vatican. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave/Retired.” On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Ratermann Jerome B. Belleville, IL Accused of abusing youths in 1960s while princicpal of a Catholic High School. First investigated in 1987. Suspended in 3/93 from position as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church and then permanently barred from the ministry by review board. Denied all charges and appealed his case to Rome in 2002 when Bishop refused to reinstate him. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave / Retired.” Suit filed 4/09 settled 3/12. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Rensing William F. Belleville, IL Removed 10/02 on recommendation of Review Board after accusation that he abused a minor three decades before. Accusation received in 7/02 but delayed because the man told the Diocese that he himself was under investigation for child abuse (he was later convicted). Matter referred to Rome and then returned to Diocese in 2003. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave/Retired.” Died 3/13/17. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Ruppert E. Alan Belleville, IL Removed 10/98 from duties as pastor of St. Clement in McLeansboro and St. John Nepomucene in Dahlgren due to an allegation he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in 1990. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave/Retired.” On the diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Schoenhofen Roger Belleville, IL In a 1995 civil suit, plaintiff claimed he was sexually abused by three Belleville priests, a deacon and two Oblate priests while a student at St. Henry’s Seminary. Plaintiff claims that a ring of homosexual priests lured young men and wined and dined them in exchange for sex. Was still active priest in Afton, IL in 2008. Died 2/09.
Schwaegel Joseph R. Belleville, IL Former Vicar General. Civil suit filed 8/99 alleging abuse of an 8-year-old boy in 1973. Refiled as federal case 2001. Some charges dismissed due to SOL in 2003. Case settled 2/03. Admitted to being “a sex addict.” At least two arrests for solicitation. Left ministry 1994 because of his sexual addition, not because of alleged abuse of minors. Other victims have come forward. Testified in Kownacki trial 8/08. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as “Administrative Leave/Retired.” Died 7/13/16. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Sebescak Gary Belleville, IL Removed from assignment as associate pastor of St. Mary’s in Mount Vernon by Bishop Gregory 4/95 after an allegation that Sebescak had sexually abused a minor six years previously while at St. Meinrad Catholic Seminary. Bishop Gregory deemed the allegations credible. No criminal charges filed. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Theis Francis Belleville, IL Deacon. Removed 1993. In 1/95 the diocesan review board deemed Theis unfit to continue in the employment of the Diocese. In a 1995 civil suit, Theis and four priests were named as abusers of a youth 1981-1983. In original petition, name is spelled “Theiss.” The suit also alleged that Theis was part of a sex ring of priests. Died 7/13/10. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Vonnahmen Robert J. Belleville, IL Accused of abusing boys and girls, spanning most of his career. Investigated by Diocese in 1983 or ’84 but no action taken. Named in civil suits in 1993, 1994 & 1995. Removed from active ministry without privileges in 1993. Laicization announced 4/07. In 10/13 was in charge of San Damiano Shrine in southern IL and was running ads for the Shrine in the Archdiocesan newspaper. Named in new lawsuit 3/17/14 re abuse of one at summer camp in 1970 & 1971. Died 5/8/16, at a Highland IL nursing home. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.
Angel Lawrence A. Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Angel is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Angel in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Baranowski Alexander Sylvester Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan report 3/06. Resigned from priesthood in 1975. Laicized 8/1976. In 4/13, two men filed civil suit against archdiocese and Baranowski alleging that he abused them on separate overnight trips in 1961-1962. Both men were students at St. Wenceslaus grammar school in Chicago when alleged abuse occurred. Died 6/20/11.
Bartz Richard Barry Chicago, IL In the 1980s Bartz was on faculty of a seminary where he allegedly had sex with a 17-year-boy, who was a student at St. Ignatius College Prep. May have attempted to molest at least one other boy the same night. Bartz went on leave indefinitely; was returned to ministry at Columbus Hospital in 1988, under restrictions and monitoring. There until 2001. Another report was made to the archdiocese in 1992 of abuse in the 1970s while Bartz was assigned to Ascension parish in Oak Park. Left position at another hospital and resigned from priesthood 6/02 after Dallas Bishops’ Conference. Laicized in 9/15.
Batuyong Patricio William Chicago, IL Batuyong, ordained a deacon in 1983 for the Archdiocese of Chicago, had been working temporarily in Atlanta Archdiocese for about a year when he was arrested 4/93 on IL charges of criminal sexual abuse and solicitation for juvenile prostitution in 1991. Alleged victim was a 15-year-old relative. Extradited to IL where he posted bond before returning to Georgia. Unable to determine final outcome of criminal charges. Laicized 4/96. Died 4/09. Added to Chicago archdiocesan list of clergy with substantiated allegations on 11/28/18.
Becker Robert Charles Chicago, IL Canon lawyer who served on Metropolitan Tribunal for years. At least 1 claim included in 10/03 settlement. New lawsuit filed 4/06 re abuse by Becker and another priest in late 1970s. Several other victims known to Plaintiff’s counsel. Suit included in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least 1 claim in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. At least one claim included in 7/09 settlement re 4 priests. Died 10/89. Personnel file released 01/14.
Beckstrom Robert E Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Beckstrom was listed as a ‘former’ brother as of 6/11/14. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Beckstrom in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Bennett Joseph R. Chicago, IL Archdiocese received allegations 11/12/02 that Bennett had sexually abused three boys in 1976-78. Oral sex alleged. Despite polygraph confirmation, Review Board found no reasonable cause to suspect. Alleged on 12/3/03 to have abused two girls in 1967-69, including rape. Board recommended removal 10/15/05; Cardinal George kept Bennett in ministry until McCormack case broke. Removed 1/31/06; at least 10 other allegations were received. Settlement 8/12/08 released some documents. Personnel files released 1/14. Noted on archdiocese’ s list updated 11/28/18 to have been laicized.
Bogdan Leonard Adolph Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocese report 3/20/06. Accused 1983. Allegation withdrawn 1986. Excardinated to Kalamazoo diocese 1/94. Retired from Kalamazoo 6/30/00. Moved to AZ. Accusation was reasserted in 8/01 and deemed credible in 9/01. Privileges removed 3/02.
Bonebreak Dennis Chicago, IL One of 11 brothers (one unnamed) and two laymen accused by 31 men in 3 civil cases filed 4/26/13. Bonebreak was accused of abusing one boy at Leo HS in Chicago. Order agreed to $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs in 5/13, perhaps including the complainants in these three cases.
Bowman Robert Peter Chicago, IL Former Vicar for Administration. Retired in 2001. Removed from duties 5/02 after allegations surfaced 4/02 of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 45 years prior. Another allegation of inappropriate behavior apparently made but was found unsubstantiated by the Fitness Review Board who termed it “horseplay that might have been misinterpreted.” Files released by archdiocese in 11/14 show allegations of abuse of at least 11 children by Bowman, mostly during 1950s to the 1980s. Archdiocese found 7 of the cases “credible,” with victims ages 8-16. Vatican ordered permanent removal of Bowman from public ministry 9/05. Died 4/11.
Braun David Francis Chicago, IL Named abuser in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Per documents released 11/14, in 1963 Braun “attempted immorality ” with 14-year-old male hitchhiker. Boy’s father & police agreed not to press charges if church handled problem. Admitted to sex with young boys as early as 1956. Would pick boys up in car after school and abuse, including sodomy, in car or in Forest Preserves. Placed on leave, sent to treatment, reinstated as assistant at Lincoln Park parish. Moved among a number of Chicago parishes, then Wilmette pastor. Alcoholic, began work with others in alcohol treatment at Lakeshore Hospital in 1970s. Pastor in Round Lake, Palatine, North Riverside. Retired 1992, lived in IL & FL. Allegation 1992 re abuse in 1960 of boy, age 13. In 1994 a woman reported abuse mid-1960s, age 4. Bernardin ordered restrictions. In 1995, man reported mid-1960s abuse, age 10. Braun died 12/97. By 2008 two more men had come forward, one re 1954 abuse, age 12, the other re early 1980s abuse, at age 22.
Brigham Kenneth M. Chicago, IL Retired to Las Vegas 6/05. Died 05/23/06..Brigham’s personnel file is one of 30 files of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors produced by archdiocese in 1/14 and released by plaintiffs’ counsel.
Brouillette Robert Chicago, IL High School teacher and counselor, active 1960s-90s in HI, MA, MI, NM, IL. Arrested 1998 in IL for solicitation & child porn; convicted 2000; got 4 yrs’ probation. Accused in 7/02 suit of abusing IL high school student 1996-98. Suit alleged sex with minors at schools in HI, MA, MI and NM previously. Second suit 1/03. Living at Vianney Center in MO 2004; left Order & Center at probation’s end. Suit 11/7/12. Part of Order’s $16.5M settlement 5/13. Named by a man 4/4/14 suit in HI re abuse at Damien Memorial High. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of accused. Was at O’Dea High in Seattle 1968-70. Changed his name to Robert Sullivan.
Buck Daniel Peter Chicago, IL Removed 6/02. Previously accused of sexual misconduct against a girl 1979-84, beginning when she was age 10 or 11. Allegations reviewed by the Fitness Review Board some time after 1993; Board recommended he be allowed to stay in ministry as long as he was banned from being alone with minors. At least one claim included in 10/03 settlement of claims by 15 men and women who alleged abuse by 12 priests. Vatican approved permanent removal from public ministry 9/05.
Burke Edmund F. Chicago, IL First named publicly as accused by the archdiocese when added to its list of clergy with substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse 11/28/18. Died 1989.
Burns Eugene Patrick Chicago, IL Accused of abuse of a girl ages 8-13 1961-1966 when he was assigned to St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Glenview. Died 1/05. Claim included in 10/05 settlement by Archdiocese with 24 adults alleging abuse by 14 priests.
Byrne Eamonn Chicago, IL Born in Ireland. Spent most of career in Philippines, beginning 1957. In US for 3 yrs beginning 1974 to develop Columban apostolate to the Filipino community. Accused in 1992 lawsuit of abuse of girl during church outing in 1974. She claimed the abuse was reported to his superiors but no action taken by them. Byrne retired 2007 to Ireland. Died 12/12/15.
Calicott John Walter Chicago, IL Suspended 1994 due to accusations of sexual molestation of two 15-year-old boys in 1976. Sent to treatment; deemed “no significant risk” and allowed to return to assignment in 1995. Removed again 6/02 after Dallas Bishops Conference. Sued 2004. Included on 2003 Chicago Archdiocese list of accused priests. Reportedly teaching sex ed in a parish school by 2004. Canonical court trial pending 9/05. Laicization announced 10/27/09. Personnel file released 11/14; one man said at the time that Calicott abused him when he was a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Aibe’s on the South Side in the 1970s. Accused of abuse of at least four boys.
Carr Michael T. Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Carr is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Carr in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Carroll Francis C. Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Carroll is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Carroll in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Chmura Thomas M. Chicago, IL Assigned to St Benedict’s Abbey in Benet Lake, WI on IL border. Arrested 4/13, charged with trying to abduct a 14-year-old girl in Antioch IL, and with disorderly conduct. Police saw him stop near 3 other girls. He fled and they arrested him the next day. Admitted approaching several girls over previous 6 weeks. Arrested again 5/3/13 after children found at Abbey. Pled guilty 12/5/13 to one count of child abduction. Sentenced to 6 months of periodic imprisonment, plus 24 months of felony probation.
Cloutier William J. Chicago, IL Accused of abuse of at least 3 boys in 1979 but not removed until 1991 when he was sent to Archdiocese Retreat House at Mundelein Seminary. Civil suit filed 1991 re 1979 abuse. Admitted abuse and said after 14 years therapy still used his position to abuse. New allegation in 2002. Part of large 2003 settlement involving 12 priests. Left priesthood in 1994 and died 8/03. Also included in 10/05 settlement by Archdiocese re multiple priests. Personnel file released 01/14.
Cobb Alan S. Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Cobb was listed as a ‘former’ brother as of 6/11/14. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Cobb in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Collins Daniel J. Chicago, IL Man filed civil suit 7/11/13 alleging abuse by Collins at St. Christopher Catholic Church between 1971 and 1973 when he was 8-10 yrs old. Suit alleges inappropriate touching, rubbing, groping and fondling, oral and anal sex.
Collins Donald Cecil Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Collins is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Collins in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Condon Eugene Laurence Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Condon listed as former brother as of 6/11/14; cf. Charleston diocesan priest, Eugene L. Condon, who died on 5/24/14. Christian Brothers did not provide assignment info; until we establish assignments, we have placed Condon in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Corrigan Edmund Chicago, IL One of 10 brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in 5/13 civil case of abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. Order agreed to massive $16.5M settlement w 400 plaintiffs re abuse by multiple order priests & brothers late May, 2013. Unclear if the order has substantiated any of the allegations against the eight newly-accused brothers, including Corrigan.
Craig Robert Chicago, IL Accused per Archdiocesan List 3/20/06. Removed 1990 and resigned from priesthood 10/93. Suit filed 4/06. Several known victims claim abuse between 1982 and 1990. Previous settlement made in 1989. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Laicized 10/09.
Crosby Thomas Carroll Chicago, IL First named publicly as accused by the archdiocese when added to its list of clergy with substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse 11/28/18. Died 1987.
Curran John William Chicago, IL Accused of abuse of two youths who were students at Chicago’s Quigley South Seminary. Abuse reported by Plaintiff in 1990 & 1991 and parishioners were told that he had taken “a sabbatical” when he left in 1993. In late 1994 Diocese told parishioners thet ruth but by then the SOL had expired for the Plaintiffs. Curran died 3/2000. At least one claim included in 10/05 settlement by Archdiocese. Named in two 4/12 civil suits by two men who alleged abuse in 1987. Personnel file released 1/14.
Czajka Norman J. Chicago, IL Archdiocesed received allegation in 5/05 of 1995 child sexual abuse by Czajka. Deemed substantiated by Review Board. Removed from public ministry 6/06. Died 10/12.
Daschbach Richard Chicago, IL Ordained for the SVD’s Chicago Province. Pittsburgh PA native. At Catholic U. in Washington DC and hospital chaplain at Fort Belvoir VA 1964-66. Went to Timor, Indonesia in 1966 where he spent the next five-plus decades. Accused in early 2018 of sexually abusing girls at Topu Honis Shelter Home, which he founded in 1993. Admitted the allegations to police. Laicized 11/18. Reportedly refused to leave the orphanage and still saying mass, per SVD Superior General in 2/19. Police still investigating in 2/19.
DeRoeck Walter George Chicago, IL Removed 3/99 after two men came forward to allege abuse as minors in approximately 1986. He was assigned to St. John Berchmans Church in the Logan Square neighborhood at time of the alleged abuse. Resigned from priesthood 8/01; laicized 1/02.
Diederich Dominic Aloysius Chicago, IL On 1/31/06 the archdiocese confirmed that church officials had reason to believe Diederich engaged in sexual misconduct with a child. The admission came after a woman confronted Cardinal George about Diederich at a public meeting on 1/30/06. The archdiocese refused to include Diederich in its list of priests with substantiated allegations, because Diederich was deceased. He died 4/24/77. Included on archdiocese’s list 11/28/18.
Dilla Francis Emil Chicago, IL Accused of abuse at St. Simon’s in Chicago 1964-1965. Removed from public ministry 2/92. First identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report of 3/20/06. Retired in 1993. Died 2/05.
Duggan Jeremiah C. Chicago, IL Alleged abuse occurred in 1970s-1980s while he was assigned to Queen of Martyrs in Evergreen Park. Name not revealed until at least one claim included in Archdiocesan settlement of 10/28/05. Died 7/99, one month after he retired. Name not included on list of Chicago perpetrators released 1/14.
Dunn James Claver Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Dunn is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Dunn in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Farrell William Patrick Chicago, IL Taught high school in Chicago and in Dallas TX, assigned in 1971 to a parish in Edina MN. Accusations surfaced in 2017 that Farrell sexually abused a 16-year-old Chicago boy in 1970, when Farrell was a Fenwick High faculty member and the boy was a student. Farrell’s accuser wrote the Dominicans in 11/17 and received an apology. He said he knew of at least one other student who had been molested by Farrell. In 2016 a man alleged that Farrell molested him when he was a vulnerable 21 year-old. The man said he met Farrell via a Catholic charismatic organization in MN in the 1970s. When Farrell was assigned to a chaplaincy at Southwestern U. in LA in 1973, he asked the young man to help him move. His accuser said that during stops at hotels on two nights, Farrell awakened him, naked, wanting sex. Farrell died in 2/8/89.
Fassbinder Richard Wayne Chicago, IL Retired in 1997. Privileges removed 4/02 after review board determined “reasonable cause” to suspect he had sexually abused a male minor during his assignment at Prince of Peace parish. Abuse said to have begun in 1974 and ended in mid-1980s. Allegations first reported 12/01. Died 5/04. Name also on 2003 Archdiocesan list of abusers. Per documents released by archdiocese in 11/14, Fassbinder admitted taking nude pics of and a “sexual relationship” with a boy, beginning in 1974 when the boy was age 16 and continuing for 15 years; he said he didn’t know the boy was a minor. He was in ministry for 2 years after his admission. Retired in 1997. Privileges removed 4/02 after review board determined “reasonable cause” to suspect he had sexually abused a male minor during his assignment at Prince of Peace parish. Abuse said to have begun in 1974 and ended in mid-1980s. Allegations first reported 12/01. Died 5/04. Name also on 2003 Archdiocesan list of abusers. Per documents released by archdiocese in 11/14, Fassbinder admitted taking nude pics of and a “sexual relationship” with a boy, beginning in 1974 when the boy was age 16 and continuing for 15 years; he said he didn’t know the boy was a minor. He was in ministry for 2 years after his admission.
Ferro Salvatore A. Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Ferro was still listed as a brother as of 6/11/14. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Ferro in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Fitzgerald John D. Chicago, IL Pastor of Ascension Church in Oak Grove, 1951-1973. A woman contacted the Archdiocese in 2005 to report that she was sexually abused by him in 1964 when she was a teenage parishioner. Fitzgerald had died in either 1984 or 1985. No public information released about Fitzgerald’s abuse until the woman came forward at a 7/31/14 news conference after her mother, a diocesan employee, had passed away. The Archdiocese did pay for counseling for her.
Fitzharris Joseph L. Chicago, IL Removed 1991. Accused of abuse. Criminally convicted in 1987. Resigned from priesthood 1/95. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Another man settled his claims for $875K in 7/07 just prior to filing suit. He had alleged abuse in 1970s between ages of 7-10. Laicized 5/09. Additional settlement with at least one man announced 8/30/11. Personnel file released 1/14 as part of that settlement. Admitted by 2005 to abuse of at least 9 boys.
Fitzmaurice Terence Chicago, IL Accused of molesting at least 15 boys in early 1970s. Three settled with the Order and the Chicago Archdiocese in 2006. In 2007 negotiations continued with other claimants. Many were participants in job-training program run by the city of Chicago where Fitzmaurice was a supervisor. As many as 75 other claimants (boys and girls) exist. One woman alleged abuse over a 6-yr period. A suit filed 1/07 alleging abuse in Superior diocese. Other plaintiffs added 5/07. Original plaintiff settled 10/07.
Flosi James Vincent Chicago, IL Sued 2005. Accused of abuse of a Quigley Theological Seminary student in 1980 while assigned to Holy Name Cathedral. Multiple reports of sexual abuse of minrors dating to 1970s. Accused 1991 of teaching seversl middle school age boys to masturbate. Resigned from priesthood 7/92. Later became founder and CEO of Aidscare in Chicago. Laicized 10/10.
Friese Robert D. Chicago, IL Teacher/counselor at Maryville Academy for at-risk youth in Des Plaines. Charged in 1984 with sexual abuse of 13-year-old boy he met at Maryville. Victim said abuse was from 1982 to 1984 and included fondling and oral sex. At time of indictment, Friese was on leave from Chicago Archdiocese and working as researcher at Univ of IL–Chicago’s child care program. He was convicted in 1985, placed on probation for 4 years and sent to House of Affirmation. Resigned from priesthood 8/85. Laicized 7/87.
Gamez-Alfonso Rigoberto Chicago, IL Several chancery positions. Named pastor in 2009 of Our Lady of Tepeyac in Little Village. Assiged 2015 to Providence of God in Pilsen. In residence since 7/18 at St. Aloysius in Wicker Park. Arrested in 10/18, charged with criminal sexual abuse involving force and battery. Accused of attacking three females, ages 17, 18 and 27, beginning in 11/16. Faculties withdrawn.
Gardner Stephen Justin Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Gardner was listed as a ‘former’ brother as of 6/11/14. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Gardner in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Garza Jesus P. Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocese list released 3/20/06. Resigned from priesthood 7/00. In 11/83 a mother expressed concern to the archdiocese about Garza’s interactions with her son. In 4/00 alleged victim met with Cardinal George. Garza resigned 7/1/00. In 2005 internal investigators deemed substantiated clams that Garza forced a boy to perform oral on him sex numerous times 1/84-4/84. Discovered by news outlet in 9/18 to have gone on to work as a counselor. in the Beloit, WI public schools. Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocese list released 3/20/06. Resigned from priesthood 7/00. In 11/83 a mother expressed concern to the archdiocese about Garza’s interactions with her son. In 4/00 alleged victim met with Cardinal George. Garza resigned 7/1/00. In 2005 internal investigators deemed substantiated clams that Garza forced a boy to perform oral on him sex numerous times 1/84-4/84. Discovered by news outlet in 9/18 to have gone on to work as a counselor. in the Beloit, WI public schools.
Graf Gary Chicago, IL Accused in 7/18 of inappropriate behavior toward a male teen, who was a parish employee. Graf was pastor of San Jose Luis Sanchez Del Rio. Placed on leave pending investigation. Graf’s accuser said Graf told him over the phone that he was attracted to him, rubbed his shoulders, and offered him a free car. Graf maintained his innocence. Dept of Children and Family Services deemed the allegations “unfounded” in 11/18. Graf was found not guilty at criminal bench trial in 1/19. Archdiocese continued investigation. He was returned to ministry in 4/19.
Hagan James Craig Chicago, IL Accused of abuse of several youths 1981-1986 and in 1970. First allegations reported 1988. Placed on leave 1996. Resigned from priesthood 4/97. Two claims settled 10/03. One claim included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese. Sued 4/06 re abuse 1994-1996 at St. Denis parish. At least 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Laicized 4/10. Personnel file released 01/21/14.
Hefferan John Edward Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocesan Report released 3/20/06. Removed from Public Ministry 10/03. No further information found as of 7/19/09. Per documents released by archdiocese 11/14, Herreran was accused in 3/93 of sexual abuse of 12-year-old girl in late 1970s at St. John Vianney in Northlake. Restricted from being alone with minors for 4 months. Two more allegations surfaced in 2002 and 2003: a person claimed sexual exploitation by Hefferon 1964-67 at St. Anastasia’s in Waukegan, and a woman filed a formal complaint that Hefferan fondled her breasts in the late 1960s, when she was in junior high school in Flossmore. Died 1/29/28, per archdiocese’s updated list 11/28/18.
Hensley Gilbert Leroy Chicago, IL Accused in civil suit filed 10/26/07 of sodomizing a boy at least four times in the 4th and 5th grade in the late 1970s at St Vincent Ferrer parish in River Forest IL, where Hensley worked 1971-1986, after assignment at nearby St Thomas Aquinas Priory 1962-1971. To show prior notice, suit alleged Hensley’s jaw was broken by a minor male in a gay bar in the mid-1970s. A 3rd boy was allegedly fondled once by Hensley at the parish school in the late 1970s and a 4th minor male was reportedly willing to testify. Rev Vincent Bryce, Hensley’s pastor at St Vincent’s, admitted abusing a boy there. In 1986-2005 Hensley lived at Blessed Sacrament priory and parish in the Madison WI diocese while working at Edgewood Elementary School. After the attorney for the man who filed suit contacted the Dominicans in 2005, Hensley was moved to the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters in Sinsinawa WI, where he lived and worked 2005-2014. Hensley, whose religious name was Bro Angelus, died on 5/31/14.
Hinojosa Juan Francisco Chicago, IL Ordained Deacon studying at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. Allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old youth. May have fled to Mexico.
Hoder James Allen Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocesan Report in Fall 2009. Archdiocese received report in 7/85 of sexual abuse by Hoder of a teenage boy when Hoder was a seminarian. Housekeeper in 1990 reported male minors going to Hoder’s room, porn everywhere, and a young man around age 18 staying with him in rectory. Suspected of theft same year and investigated for drugs. Reports to archdiocese in 11/92 of sex abuse of teen boy. Resigned from priesthood 1997. Allegation 2/04. Another in 7/07 of abuse by Hoder and Rev. James Flosi of boy age 17; alleged victim had called archdiocese re this in 1985. Laicization in 12/09 announced 1/2010.
Hogan Michael J. Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. In 2/86 a parent told pastor at St. Barbara’s parish of “inappropriate activities” the priest had engaged in with his sons. Pastor was then to supervise Hogan. On leave as of 6/22/02. Resigned 7/93. Per archdiocese’s list updated 11/28/18, Hogan was laicized 6/20/15.
Hogan Michael P. Chicago, IL Named publicly by a man in 1/19, who claimed Hogan sexually abuse him when he was a St. Rita High School sophomore. Hogan worked at St. Rita’s 1960-70 as a teacher, Vice Principal for Guidance and Director of Public Relations. His accuser said the priest offered to take him to a camp in Milwaukee, plied him with alcohol in a hotel room and started touching him. The man said he told the archdiocese in 2006, who had him contact the Midwest Augustinians, and that the Order said Hogan was in a nursing home and denied the abuse. Hogan died 9/29/08.
Holihan Daniel Mark Chicago, IL Retired in 1992. Subject of allegation involving a boy while assigned to St. Aloysius in Chicago in late 1960s. Settled 1997. Allegedly abused as many as 12 boys. Under Cardinal Bernardin, he was assigned a monitor and told not to be alone with minors. In 6/02 Cardinal George barred him from celebrating weekend masses. Civil suit filed 10/03. Included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese. Permanently removed from ministry 9/05. Laicized 7/10. Personnel file released 01/14. Died 10/16.
Horne Thomas Barry Chicago, IL Accused of abusing Kay Ebeling (City of Angels) at age 5 in early 1950s in Bartlett, IL after being transferred there by Archbishop of Chicago. He is accused of raping her in Rectory while her mother practiced on organ in nearby church. Later article reported he also raped her sister. Kay and another woman filed suit against archdiocese 8/3/11, alleging abuse when they were young children. Horne died in 1985.
Houlihan James Alvarez Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Houlihan is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Houlihan in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Huppenbauer Walter Edward Chicago, IL “Retired” under restrictions 1994 and then removed from public ministry 10/02. Accused in 1993 complaint of abuse of girl in 1960s. At least one claim included in 2003 $8M settlement by Chicago Archdiocese. Also at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Permanently removed from public ministry per 9/05 announcement. Laicized 8/10. Personnel file released by archdiocese 11/14. Died 12/14.
Huske Leonard Chicago, IL Named publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list updated 11/28/18. Removed from public ministry 5/18.
Irwin Charles B. Chicago, IL One of 10 brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in 5/13 civil case of abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. Order agreed to massive $16.5M settlement w 400 plaintiffs re abuse by multiple order priests & brothers 5/13. Also accused of abuse at Bergen Catholic in Oradell NJ. In 8/16 $1.9 mil settlement announced, to be shared among 21 former Bergen Catholic students. Irwin entered the CFC order in 1945 and made final vows in 1953. Assigned to schools and communities in West Park NY, NYC, Chicago IL, Oradell NJ, and New Rochelle NY. Died 10/09/97.
Job Thomas Chicago, IL Accused of abuse in early 1970s at St. John Vianney in Northlake. Accusations in 1983. At least one claim Included in 10/05 settlement by Archdiocese re abuse of 24 accusers by 14 priests. Laicized 6/10. Sentenced to 1 year jail 7/11 and to pay restitution and fine after pleading guilty to theft of thousands of dollars from then-current employer, Lake County Health Dept. Personnel File released 01/21/14.
Jones Augustine K. Chicago, IL Convicted 1968 of abuse of boy. Received 3 years probation and treatment. More charges in 1993 of abuse in 1990. Indicted 1993 and pled guilty. Sentenced to 4 years probation. Died 9/28/07 at Blue Cloud Abbey in SD. On Rockford diocese’s list 11/14/18.
Jordan John E. Chicago, IL Jordan, who died 9/1987, was accused of abuse in civil suit filed 5/14/12 against Archdiocese of Chicago. A former altar boy alleged abuse by Jordan at St. Adrian Parish’s rectory between 1983-1984. Allegations said he would spank the boy with a paddle while forcing him to pray before performing sex acts.
Kealy Robert Louis Chicago, IL Lawyer who handled sex abuse cases against priests. Resigned from parish position 3/02 and went to live in restricted monitored setting after allegation that he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a 15- or 16-yr-old boy in the 1970s. First reported in 2001 but no action by review board until complainant came forward again in 2002 w/ more info. Admitted to smoking marijuana and driinkng with boys in the 1970s. Kealy had served as chancellor of the archdiocese and then as judicial vicar of the Chicago province’s Court of Appeals, Permanently removed from ministry 9/05. Resigned 4/06. As of 2014 was still a priest, working as a lawyer.
Keehan John James Chicago, IL Charges of sexual misconduct against Keehan date back to between1967-1974 during his first assignment at St. Basil (later St. Basil/Visitation). Removed from public ministry 6/02. Archdiocese had determined years ago there was “reasonable cause to believe” that Keehan (and others removed at same time) had abused children. Keehan said he would appeal the decision. Computer taken away from Keehan in 9/10 as he was accessing numerous social networking sites, most child-oriented. In 1/13 archdiocese recommended he enroll in a technology course to prevent his continued reliance on his “ignorance” of technology to avoid accountability re internet use. Last known to be living at a Catholic Charities nursing home in Palos Park, IL.
Kelly Thomas Francis Chicago, IL Accused of abuse in 1973 while at St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus in Chicago. Died in 6/90. Included in Archdiocesan settlement of 10/28/05. At least 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Died 6/15/90. Personnel file released 01/14. Name included in list released by Chicago 01/21/14.
Kent Benen Chicago, IL Nun. Sued. Accused of abuse 1962-1967 by one woman in 2005 suit. Two more women filed suit 2006. They claim the order knew Kent suffered from mental illness and had behaved questionably with children. Abused in Chicago IL and MN. Died 2003. In 4/07 Court dismissed 1 suit on SOL, parts of a 2nd and left the 3rd intact. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal 4/30/08. Claims settled 9/08. Two women received $400K total. Other accusers have come forward. Suit filed in Winona MN 4/16 alleging sexual abuse by Kenan of two minors 1958-61.
Keough John J. Chicago, IL Resigned 3/82 to marry. Accused of abuse of both men and women. Accused in 2002 of kissing and fondling of 11-year-old girl in 1960s, then “sex” after she graduated high school. Included in 10/03 $8M archdiocesan settlement with 15 individuals who alleged abuse by 12 different priests. Laicized 11/2008.
Kernan Joseph C Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Kernan is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Kernan in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Kissane Joseph Patrick Chicago, IL Accused of abuse. Resigned 5/91 per Archdiocesan list updated in 2009. Original date of resignation was 1/93. Included in 10/03 settlement of claims of 15 men and women who alleged abuse by 12 priests. Total settlement was more than $8M. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Laicized 8/10. Died 4/11.
Klein George W. Chicago, IL Accused 8/11 of sexually abusing a 15-yr- old girl in the 1970s while he was principal of St. Benedict High School in Chicago. Archdiocese said he was retired as of 7/10. Per SNAP restrictions had been placed on him but he had not been removed as active priest. In residence at St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Northfield. Worked at St. Gregory the Great High School in 1960s. Board determined conduct was not sexual abuse but was inappropriate.
Kmak Leonard Paul Chicago, IL Left priesthood to marry 8/68. Laicized 1/69. Died 7/02. Accused of 1962 abuse. Name first became public when a claim was included in 10/05 settlement by Archdiocese involving 24 accusers and 14 priests. Archdiocese also settled at least one claim in 5/07. $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests.
Lasik Ronald Justin Chicago, IL Accused in a suit filed on 4/26/13 of abusing two boys at St Laurence High School in Chicago. Convicted on 6/5/99 by a Canadian jury of sexually assaulting 6 boys at Mount Cashel Orphanage and assaulting a seventh. Lasik was convicted of anally raping two of the boys, one of them five times. That boy was between 9 and 12 years old during the abuse. Obtained early release from prison and was deported in 2003 to the US, to live in a Christian Brothers facility in NY.
Lee Patrick J Chicago, IL Placed on leave in 1/19 after an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in 1979 while assigned to St Christopher’s in Midlothian. Reinstated in 6/19 after the diocese deemed the allegations ‘unfounded.’
Lupo William L. Chicago, IL Alleged in early 1990s to have had inappropriate relationships with three teenage girls 1979-1986 while assigned to St. Mary’s Parish in Des Plaines. He denied charges. After treatment and evaluation by Fitness Review Board he was allowed restricted ministry at St. Damian Peter. There he was to be monitored by a retired priest and was never to be in presence of minors without another adult present. Restrictions were lifted in 1995, but back in place in 1998. New investigation late 2001 after woman claimed sexual relationship in 1984 when she was age 23. He denied it, saying he only gave her “slight pecks on the cheek.” Resigned from priesthood 12/02, writing to Cardinal George that he feared continuing to fight the allegations would harm his health. Laicized 12/14.
Maday Norbert J. Chicago, IL Arrested 1993. Convicted 1994 for assault of 2 boys. Sentenced to 20 years. Sued. Included in 10/03 settlement. Second suit 5/06. At least one claim included in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people re abuse by 12 priests; 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests & 16 plaintiffs. Laicized 12/07. New settlement 7/09. Spent 9 months in secure treatment facility in WI, 2/12 as violent sexual predator; released 8/13. Personnel file released 1/14. New suit 1/14. New suit 9/16 claiming abuse over 2 years starting 1979 of 10-year-old boy. Last known to be living in WI. Registered sex offender.
Maloney Edward J. Chicago, IL Retired 1999. Removed from active ministry 5/09 after allegations in 2007 & 2008 that he sexually abused two minor boys while assigned to St. Mark’s parish in Chicago. Accusers did not want to testify before review board because they were afraid Maloney would sue them; they went ahead and testified in 2009. Review board completed investigation & found allegations credible. Matter referred to the Vatican for further action. Died 6/18.
Mayer Robert E. Chicago, IL Civil suit filed 1982 alleged he exposed himself to several boys. Settled; no criminal charges. Convicted 1992 of abuse of girl, age 13. Sentenced to 3 years in jail. Resigned 1/94. New civil suit filed 6/06 by 4 men alleging abuse when they were young. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Laicized 7/10. Personnel file released 1/14.
McCaffrey Vincent Chicago, IL Removed 1991 after claims of abuse of minors. Resigned 12/93. Convicted on child porn charges 2002; 20 year sentence. Civil suit filed 9/02. Four claims settled 7/03. At least 1 claim in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese. Admitted under oath to abuse of as many as 40 young boys. Sued 5/06 by 1 re abuse 1982-1986 when plaintiff was 8-12 yrs old. At least 1 claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Laicized 7/10. Still in prison 12/11. Personnel file released 1/14.
McCartney Christopher J. Chicago, IL One man filed civil suit against Archdiocese and Archbishop George 8/12 alleging that he was sexually attacked by McCartney at St Rita of Cascia High School (all boys) in late 1970s. McCartney was Dean of Men, Vocations Director and Mission Director at St. Rita between 1973-1978. He went on to various other assignments. He died 7/21/02.
McCormack Daniel J. Chicago, IL Accused of abusing boy as seminarian in Mexico. Accused 10/99 of abuse of altar boy. Archd. ignored 9/5/03 warning re boys in rectory. Arrested 8/30/05. Assigned as dean 9/1/05. Arrested 1/20/06; removed.Pled guilty 7/2/07 to abuse of 5 boys, some after first arrest; 5-yr sentence. At least 23 accusers. Multiple settlements, over $10M. Laicized 11/07.Settlements 11/11, 1/14, 3/14,over $4M. More accusers 2010-14 suits. $2.7M to 2 brothers 1/17. Paroled 2009; ruled danger to public, sent to state mental health facility. Arrested 5/21/14 re abuse of 10-yr-old in 2005. Pled not guilty. Charges dropped 2/16. Suit filed 3/25/16 re abuse of boy 2003-04; settled 4/20/17. Suit 10/16 re abuse of 10-yr-old boy 2002-05. $2.3M settlement 1/17. Settled with 3 for 3.15M 3/17/17. Suit 6/15/17. Ruled sexually violent 9/17. Suit filed 10/17. Fraudulent claim found 2015, withdrawn 2017; claimant fined 60k 3/18. McCormack committed indefinitely to sex offender facility 7/18. A suit settled 9/18 for $2.9M.
McDonald Robert Joseph Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan report of 3/20/06. At least one allegation substantiated by Archdiocesan Review Board. Limited ministry with restrictions and monitoring 5/87. Resigned 6/90. Laicized 12/16.
McGuire Donald J. Chicago, IL Prominent scholar and teacher, Mother Theresa’s spiritual advisor. Earliest complaints in 1960s. Three men alleged abuse by McGuire on trips to WI in 1967 and ’68, when he was their teacher at Loyola Academy in Wilmette IL. Convicted in WI in 2006 of five counts of indecent behavior with a child; sentenced to 7 years’ prison. Convicted in 2008 on federal charges of taking a teen outside of the US and across state lines for sex; received 25-year sentence. Per federal authorities, McGuire sexually abused teen boys and young men throughout the 1990s until 2003. Jesuits settled for $19.6 mil with 6 men who alleged abuse by McGuire between 1975 and the early 2000s. McGuire died 1/13/17.
McNamara Peter John Chicago, IL Resigned 8/71. Newly identified as accused in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Laicized 11/72. Whereabouts unknown as of 5/07.
Miller Gary M. Chicago, IL Chicago announced 7/15/12 that recent allegation accused Miller of sexual misconduct with a minor while at St. Leonard’s Parish in Berwyn more than 30 years previously. He voluntarily stepped aside from St. Bernadette in Evergreen Park while investigatied by Archdiocese and police. Review board found allegations credible; resigned 9/23/12 from position at St. Bernadette, privileges were removed and Archdiocese sent report to Vatican. Agreed to be part of Prayer & Penance program. Documents released by archdiocese 11/14 show that Miller was frequently warned about sexual misconduct.
Mulsoff Donald John Chicago, IL Removed 5/02 after man reported that Mulsoff had fondled him once during his assignment at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Oak Lawn between late 1960s & early 1970s. The man was 10 at the time. Man originally reported the abuse anonymously in 1992 and was told that Mulsoff was being monitored. Second complaint also received. Permanently removed from ministry 9/05. Died 11/05
Munoz Capetillo Octavio Chicago, IL From Mexico. Director 2009-2015 of Casa Jesus, a program to recruit young men from Latin America to the priesthood. Was new pastor of St. Pancratius in Brighton Park when removed 7/27/15, pending investigation of “sexual images and material” on his computer. Archd. waited over a week before notifying police, and did its own investigation. Sent to St. Luke’s in MD for rehab. Arrested 9/16, charged with one felony count of child pornography. Video of pre-pubescent boys doing sex acts found; also child-sized underwear, written child erotica and magazines showing young boys.
Murphy Clement Adan Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Murphy is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Murphy in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Murphy John Daniel Chicago, IL At least 6 plaintiffs filed suits in 2003 accusing Murphy of abuse. 13 plaintiffs settled 2004. Order knew of abuse of at least 1 by 1981. Resigned from Order in 1993. Named in 1/06 class action suit. Named in new suit filed 3/08 by one man who alleged Murphy and music director, Br. Mark Thedens abused him 1976-1979.
Murphy John E Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Murphy was listed as a ‘former’ brother as of 6/11/14. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Murphy in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
Murphy Thomas Ignatius Chicago, IL Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Murphy is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Murphy in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.
O’Brien William John Chicago, IL Accused of abuse. Removed from public ministry 6/05. Laicized 7/06 per 5/07 article. Sued 4/06 by two victims. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07. $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Laicization information not on Diocesan list until after 8/09.
O’Connell Michael W. Chicago, IL Temporarily removed 12/13 from current position at St. Alphonsus Parish after Archdiocese received recent allegation of sexual misconduct involving a minor at Our Lady of the Woods in Orland Park nearly 20 yrs previously. Allegations reported to Child & Family Services and Cook County DA. On 4/15/14, Cook County Sheriff’s Dept found the allegation to be unfounded. Archdiocese also said it found no reason to suspect that the abuse occurred and that he would be reinstated at St. Alphonsus. Other agencies conducting investigations have not announced their findings. New allegation received approx. 4/18/14 re abuse of different boy in in 1990s at same parish. Police reopened investigation but O’Connell had yet to be removed for a 2nd time. He was to avoid the parish school and not be alone with a child. Temporarily removed 12/13 from current position at St. Alphonsus Parish after Archdiocese received recent allegation of sexual misconduct involving a minor at Our Lady of the Woods in Orland Park nearly 20 yrs previously. Allegations reported to Child & Family Services and Cook County DA. On 4/15/14, Cook County Sheriff’s Dept found the allegation to be unfounded. Archdiocese also said it found no reason to suspect that the abuse occurred and that he would be reinstated at St. Alphonsus. Other agencies conducting investigations have not announced their findings. New allegation received approx. 4/18/14 re abuse of different boy in in 1990s at same parish. Police reopened investigation but O’Connell had yet to be removed for a 2nd time. He was to avoid the parish school and not be alone with a child.
O’Dell Jack Chicago, IL Civil suit filed in 1996 accuses Br. O’Dell of abuse of 1 youth at St. Viator High School between 1980 and 1984 and for 4 yrs after graduation. Suit dismissed by Court on SOL and dismissal upheld by Court of Appeals 1998. 2nd individual came forward in 2002 to allege abuse in approx 1974. Order said in 2003 that it could not substantiate allegations. Order settled w/ this man in 2005. O’Dell died 9/1998.
O’Gorman Thomas Chicago, IL Accused of abuse of minor and placed on leave 8/92. Police investigated but no charges filed. “Officially resigned” from priesthood 1994. In 2004 it was learned that O’Gorman was working as speechwriter for husband of Anne Burke, head of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ oversight board on sex abuse.
O’Leary Patrick Chicago, IL Removed in 8/92 after archdiocese decided he was exhibiting “a pattern of inappropriate behavior” that made him possibly of risk to children. Native of Ireland, ordained in Spain. Extern priest. It is believed he was recalled to Spain.
O’Shaughnessy Donald J. Chicago, IL Removed from ministry in 2004 due to credible accusations of sex abuse while assigned to Loyola Academy in Wilmette, where he worked almost continually 1958-92. The Jesuits’ Chicago-Detroit Province settled in 2013 for 750k with a man alleging O’Shaughnessy abused him 1977-79 at the school. O’Shaughnessy was the boy’s advisor and reportedly pulled him out of class daily. Settlement announced in 2015 for 950k with another former Loyola student alleging sexual abuse by the priest. Also worked in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Milford OH, Indianapolis IN, Oakland CA, and Clarkston MI. Died 7/8//13, age 89. Settlement with another former Loyola Academy student for 925k announced 5/17. On Indianapolis archdiocese’s list 10/12/18.
O’Toole Paul L. Chicago, IL Woman announced in 2006 that she had received a $125K settlement from the Chicago archdiocese in 2004. She alleged that O’Toole sexually abused her in 1966 when she was age 16, and that the abuse was continued until age 19 by Revs. John F. Rohrich and Howard Strum. Abuse was first reported to the Archdiocese in early 1990s but nothing done. Per SNAP, O’Toole left the priesthood to marry.
Ormechea John Baptist “J.B.” Chicago, IL Took leave of absence in 1993 after family in Chicago alleged he abused their son in 1983. Evaluated and returned to duty. Removed from Louisville KY parish 12/02 after 4 men accused him of abusing them when they were youths in Chicago. Named by at least 6 in civil suits, one of which alleged he was removed from Chicago in 1988 after yet another allegation. In 2004 he was found working for the Order in Rome. Still there 2012.
Owens Joseph Chicago, IL Newly identified in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06 as a priest with a substantiated allegation. Resigned 4/70; laicized 4/71. Accused of abuse at St. Philomena in 1969. At least 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs.
Paduch Frank Chicago, IL Augustinian brother serving as religion instructor and coach when he allegedly abused a freshman boy at St. Rita H.S. in Chicago in 1980-81. In 1988 he was assigned to St. Charles Borromeo in Nederland, TX. Ordained for Beaumont TX diocese 1989. Civil suit filed 1997 in IL; settled around 1999. Left Beaumont in 2000. Several complaints received there. Faculties revoked 10/01. At least four known accusers. Began working for city of Berwyn, IL in 2005. Placed on leave from city job 1/15/10. Laicized 1/05. On Beaumont diocese’s list 6/11/19.
Pallikunnen Emmanuel Chicago, IL Extern priest from India. Member of (Indian) Vincentian of Syro-Malabar Rite of Kerala Province. Came to Chicago in 1955 to study education. Worked in 7 parishes until 6/66. Accused by at least one woman of abuse when she was a child in 1966 and he was at St. Mary’s in Buffalo Grove. Died 02/17/78 in India. Personnel file is one of 30 files of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors produced by Archdiocese in 1/14 and released by Plaintiffs’ counsel.
Pantoja Segura Eusebio Chicago, IL Ordained in Mexico. Left the the Claretians in 1973. After working in Chicago, Pantoja had assignments in NJ and TX, then spent nearly a decade working as priest in Mexico. Placed on leave by diocese of Claya 2004 after suit filed. Accused of abuse of a 14-year-old youth in 1970s at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Chicago. Suit settled. Added to Chicago archdiocese’s list 11/28/18. On Corpus Christ diocese’s list 1/31/19. On San Antonio’s list 1/31/19. Accused in 2002 of abuse of two children in the archdiocese in the early 1970s.
Paramo Thomas Chicago, IL Woman filed suit 5/05 against the Claretian order alleging they protected Paramo after he abused her from ages 11-15, beginning in 1966. Paramo was assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Chicago at the time. Paramo died in a nursing home in 2004; the woman had confronted him there before his death. Civil suit settled. A 2nd accuser reportedly has also contacted the Plaintiff’s attorney.
Peralta Carlos Chicago, IL Peralta had a history of allegations of sexual misconduct beginning in Seminary in Chile in 1980s. Other allegations in Guatemala and Peru; Order transferred him to Chicago. There he was accused of abusing several children in one family in 1999. Order transferred him before any investigation could begin, first to NJ to monitored residence and then to his home province. In 2004 he was working as priest in Mexico.
Phan Kevin Chicago, IL Native of Vietnam. Student at the Society of the Divine Word, a Catholic missionary organization. Charged with having 300 images of child pornography on his computer and posting 30 of them on the Internet. Expelled from the Seminary after charges filed. Pled guilty 12/04 to 1 count and balance of charges dropped.
Policetti Sleeva Raju Chicago, IL Native of India, working in Chicago beginnng 1986. Fled US in 2002 after report to Archdiocese that he was having an “inappropriate relationship” with 16-year-old girl. Warrant issued 5/02. Laicized 2008. Arrested in India 6/03; extradition pending in 3/12. Girl’s attorney indicated she might not want to pursue criminal charges. Chicago to drop plans to extradite as of 5/1/12. Archdiocese previously reached out-of-court settlement with the accuser. Laicized by Vatican in 2008.
Powell John J. Chicago, IL Sued 2003. Accused of abuse of 7 girls in 1960s and 1970s. Settlement with 6 (2 suits) in 10/05. Named in another suit filed 10/06. Woman says he abused her in 1975 or 1976 when she was student at Loyola University. Civil suit filed 11/08 alleged that Powell fondled and abused a 16-17 yr old girl at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, FL when he conducted a seminar there. Deceased per Archdiocese of Detroit website accessed 10/28/09.
Przybylo Chester J./Czeslaw Chicago, IL Ordained in Poland. Worked in Syracuse NY, Allentown PA, and Chicago. Removed from public mistry 1993. Sued in Chicago 2006; accused of abuse of boy ages 13-17 in 1987-91. Auxiliary bishop allegedly was told at the time and rebuffed victim. Przybylo filed suit 3/20/07 against plaintiff, SNAP and BA.org alleging defamation of character. Diocese settled 12/08 w Plaintiff for $1.375M. Priest very upset re settlement; he denied all allegations. Chicago said never part of diocese. Court dismissed suit against him 12/09. He filed suit against plaintiff 1/10. Added to Chicago archdiocese’s list 11/28/18.
Przybylski Konstanty Chicago, IL Ordained 1975 in Poland. Worked as priest in Chicago area between 1980 and 1988. Transferred to Canada . Pled guilty 2/06 and sentenced 7/4/06 to five years in prison for sexual assault and sexual exploitation of two teenage boys in the Port Dover area between 1995 & 2000. Some of the abuse occurred when he took both boys on trips to Chicago and Europe. Later laicized. May have come back to Chicago area after release from Canadian prison. Both plaintiffs filed civil suits in 2006.
Ray James M. Chicago, IL In 1991 Ray was one of approximately 20 priests removed by Cardinal Bernardin’s review panel as result of allegations. In 1991 a man told archdiocese that he was sexually abused as a minor by Ray when Ray was assigned to St. Peter Damian parish 1984-1989. Removed from ministry in Office of Health and Hospital Affairs in 6/02. Permanently removed from active ministry 9/05. Resigned 3/09. Laicized 1/12 per archdiocesan list accessed 2/25/12. Claim 1/14 of abuse of boy in Wauconda 1989-91. Accusations of abuse of three others recieived 2013-09. Per documents released 11/14 he was accused of sexually attacking 2 boys, starting when they were ages 10 and 11, when assigned to St. Anastasia in Waukegan 1975-82. In 2008 was living with 8 other accused priests at Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein.
Reuter Lawrence Chicago, IL President of Loyola Academy 1975-1990. Removed from active ministry in 2010 after admitting to an “inappropriate relationship” with a senior at the school after the boy turned 18. Settlement in 1990s. Second man then came forward in 2010 to allege abuse in late 1980s when he was a junior and senior at the same school.
Reycraft Paul Chicago, IL One of 10 brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in 5/13 civil case of abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. Order agreed to massive $16.5M settlement w 400 plaintiffs re abuse by multiple order priests & brothers late May, 2013. Unclear if the order has substantiated any of the allegations against the eight newly-accused brothers, including Reycraft
Robinson John Allen Chicago, IL Associate pastor of Queen of Rosary parish in Elk Grove Village 1994-2003. Removed from public ministry 1/03 after summer 2002 accusation that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with teenage boy in late 1970s while assigned to St. Priscilla’s in Chicago. Included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese re abuse by 14 priests. Permanently removed from public ministry 9/05. Died 3/20/16, per archdiocese’s 11/28/18 updated list.
Rohrich John F. Chicago, IL Resigned 6/75. Accused of abuse of 16-year-old girl. Claims settled in 2004 for $125K. Victim released copies of settlement. Newly identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Laicized 1/20/16.
Romano Russell Lawrence Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report of 3/20/06. Resigned from priesthood 10/91. At least one claim included in 7/09 settlement involving 4 priests and 6 claims. Laicized 5/09. In 2013, was working as licensed counselor in Illinois for a healthcare provider. The health care provider began an investigation. Had “retired” as of 6/13. Personnel File released 01/14.
Ronan Andrew M Chicago, IL Accused of abuse of seminarian in Ireland. Sent to US and accused of abuse of male high school students in Chicago in 1963-1964. Sent to Portland OR and abused mid-1960s. Suit filed 2002 in OR re 1966 abuse. Laicized 1966. Died 1992. Documents released by Portland AD 11/08 (see last page). Plaintiff sued Holy See; US Sup. Court said suit could go forward 6/10. Vatican posted some files on its website 8/11. Judge ruled 8/12 that Vatican not employer.
Ruge Kenneth Charles Chicago, IL Accused of abuse said to have occurred prior to 1985. Received treatment & reassigned. Removed 1991. Died 5/2002. Included in 2003 settlement by Archdiocese. New suit filed 4/06 alleges abuse by Ruge and another priest. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least 1 more claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement re 11 priests. Another settlement 7/09. Personnel file released 01/14.
Ryan Daniel Chicago, IL Ryan was a staff member of Brother Rice High School early in the 60s and Leo High School in the mid-60s and mid-70s. A 2012 article says he was also principal of Brother Rice in Michigan in 1960s. May be the Brother D.P. Ryan who was named as an abuser in law suit in Washington State.
Savage Joseph E. Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Forced to resign from an Illinois parish in 1936 for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy. Accused in 2002 and 2003 of having sexually abused numerous WI children, both boys and girls, in the 1950s. His victims were said to have been between the ages of 8 and 16. Shown as absent with leave from 1938-1960 and retired as of 1960. Died 6/74.
Schulte Daniel R. Chicago, IL Charged 2006 with downloading child pornography from Internet. Removed from position as Hospital chaplain in 2005 and sent for treatment in St. Louis. Pleaded guilty 6/06. Sentenced to 7 yrs, 3 mo. prison 10/06 and ordered to register as sex offender upon release (approx 2/13). Remained a priest; faced possible laicization.
Skiffington Wilton Chicago, IL Sued 2003. Accused of abuse of one at Loyola Academy in Wilmette in 1962. Parents found letter from priest to boy in 1968 and told archdiocese. He was transferred to Los Angeles/San Diego in 1965. Died 9/88. Civil suit settled 10/05.
Skriba Raymond Francis Chicago, IL Accused of abuse of at least 2 girls while assigned to St. Gertrude Parish in Franklin Park in 1960s. Took administrative leave 6/02; removed from public ministry 7/02, several months after review board found reasonable cause to believe the allegations were true. At least one claim included in 10/03 $8M settlement with 15 adults alleging abuse by 11 priests. Permanently removed from public ministry 9/05. Brother of Richard, also an accused abuser. Personnel files released 1/14. Died 1/14.
Skriba Richard L. Chicago, IL Woman came forward 7/02 to say that Richard Skriba molested her for several years when she was young. Woman says she reported the abuse to archdiocese in 1998 but accusations were not made public because Skriba had died 3/98. Brother of Raymond, another accused abuser.
Smyth John P. Chicago, IL Assigned in 1962 to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, which was a residential treatment facility for abused children; superintendent 1970-2003. Removed in 2003 after a resident’s suicide and allegations of abuse among residents. President of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles 2007-2014. Retired. Suspended in 1/19 after allegations of sexual abuse of two boys, ages 13 and 14, occurring in 2002-2003. One of the boys reportedly came forward shortly after the alleged abuse, but no action. Smyth’s lawyer said the allegations were “false.” Smyth died 4/16/19. The Dept. of Children and Family Services deemed the allegations to be “unfounded,” saying, in part, that Smyth’s death meant he could no longer be a threat to children, so there was no reason to investigate. Assigned in 1962 to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, which was a residential treatment facility for abused children; superintendent 1970-2003. Removed in 2003 after a resident’s suicide and allegations of abuse among residents. President of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles 2007-2014. Retired. Suspended in 1/19 after allegations of sexual abuse of two boys, ages 13 and 14, occurring in 2002-2003. One of the boys reportedly came forward shortly after the alleged abuse, but no action. Smyth’s lawyer said the allegations were “false.” Smyth died 4/16/19. The Dept. of Children and Family Services deemed the allegations to be “unfounded,” saying, in part, that Smyth’s death meant he could no longer be a threat to children, so there was no reason to investigate.
Snieg Marion Joseph Chicago, IL Accused of sexual abuse of at least one boy in 1959 while at St. Jane de Chantal parish. Boy told his father who notified the archdiocese. Archdiocese reportedly said it would “take care of” Snieg. Accuser came forward again in 2001. Removed 2002. Snieg died 6/05. At least 1 claim included in 10/03 settlement involving 15 accusers and 12 priests. At least 1 other claim included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese.
Soto Ruben Chicago, IL Soto, a Franciscan brother in training, was accused in 1995 of molesting three boys at St. Anthony’s Church in Cicero. Soto told another Friar who alerted authorities. Soto arrested 6/95. LINKUP later reported that that Soto may have also abused youths in Texas as well.
Spine William J. Chicago, IL Assigned to Jesuit School of Theology, Loyola Univ in Chicago 1973-1975. Assigned to Peru 1975-1981. Accused of abuse of youth in Peru in mid-1970s. From 1981-1983 he was in Brooklyn, NY and from 1983-1986 he was in Moline, IL. In 1986-1990 and 1991-2001, he was in Chicago, IL with a stop in Berkeley CA 1990-1991. Worked in Lexington KY Diocese 2001-2006. Permanently removed from duties 2/06 (several months after diocese learned of allegations) In Rome, Italy 2007-2010.
Steel James R. Chicago, IL Man came forward 2002 to allege abuse by Steel and Donald Ryniecki, a school principal at St. Joseph the Worker in 1982 when he was 13. In 11/06, review board determined that there was reason to believe allegations credible. Steel left priesthood in 5/92 and was laicized in 3/01. One claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Personnel file released 01/14. Also believed to have abused same boy in northern WI. No criminal charges were expected to be filed in WI as of 5/1/14 and accuser upset. SOL in Illinois had expired.
Stepek Robert A. Chicago, IL Accused 5/06 of sexually abusing 2 brothers ages 9 and 16 during first assignment 1981-83. He denied charges. Review Board finding of reasonable cause announced 11/4/06 and he was permanently removed. He filed $4M defamation suit against brothers in 11/06 and petitioned Vatican. Brothers sued Cardinal George 12/13/06 alleging violation of confidentiality and sued Stepek on 8/29/07. Suit filed 5/09 re 1987 abuse of 1. Reinstated with no assignment and limited privileges after 2013 canonical trial. Died 6/25/16.
Stewart Victor E. Chicago, IL Sued. Accused of abuse of least 22 boys. By 7/05, 14 victims had settled their claims against Archdiocese for a total of $3M and settlements were pending for 8 other accusers. Died 6/94. In 2005 several victims filed a complaint accusing Chicago police of complicity in abuse by silencing some of the victims when they tried to tell in the 1990s.Total of 33 claims against him by 2009. Personnel file released 1/14. May be most prolific abuser in Chicago.
Strand Ralph S. Chicago, IL Removed from public ministry 3/93. Convicted 1995. Abused of boy, age 15 1990-92. Received 4-year sentence after plea bargain. Two other accusers also came forward. Paroled 4/97 after serving 21 months. Included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese. Last known to be living at University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary campus in Mundelein. Registered sex offender. Allowed to wear his Roman collar in public by archdiocese in 1999, after parole completed. Accompanied Cardinal George on a pilgrimage to Mexico in 2001. Died 4/13.
Strum Howard Chicago, IL Woman came forward 2/06 to announce a $125,000 settlement with Chicago Archdiocese in 2004 re abuse by Strum and two other priests. Abuse occurred in 1960s and 1970s when she was a teenager. Strum is deceased.
Strus Walter Chicago, IL Woman filed suit 10/01 alleging Strus raped and impregnated her in 1999 after he persuaded her to leave Poland and follow him to U.S. Suit dismissed and refiled 4/02. Amended suit also accused him of sexual harassment of parishioners and of abuse of minor girls in Poland after he became a priest. Strus denied allegation, saying relationship was consensual. DNA tests proved he fathered her child. Second suit later dismissed on legal technicality.
Swade Thomas J. Chicago, IL Removed from public ministry in 1992 after accused of improperly touching a 14-year-old boy years prior. Five other accusers also came forward. Sent to treatment for 4 years. In 1997 Archdiocese wanted to have him live in parish and assist with duties but parishioners protested and idea nixed. Continued working in administrative position for Archdiocese until removed in 6/02. Church trial underway 12/04. Included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese. Laicized 10/09.
Swider Henry Peter Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser in 3/20/06 Archdiocesan report. Left active ministry 1/69. Resigned 2/74. Died 8/07 per undated list of credibly accused priests posted on the Archdiocese of Chicago website.
Tanghal Rimando Albert Chicago, IL Philippines native. Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan Report of 3/20/06. Suspended from active ministry 5/00. Killed by suspected robbers while in Philippines 12/03. No information on when allegations were made but apparently he had an opportunity to respond prior to his death since his name was included on the 3/06 list. One article on his death referred to him as a former priest of Chicago Archdiocese.
Thedens Mark E. Chicago, IL New suit filed 3/08 by one man who alleged that Thedens, a former music director, and Fr. John D. Murphy abused him between 1976-1979. Article reports that there have been other reports of abuse by Thedsen and that most of these cases had settled. Thedens died 2/03.
Theisen Richard Gregory Chicago, IL Resigned 5/98. Went on to marry. Laicized in 4/01. Name appears on Archdiocesan list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors at some point after 9/15/08. Report made in 2003 of sexual “misconduct” with a 15- to 17-year-old girl 1962-65. Thiesen died 1/21/13.
Thomas Joseph S. Chicago, IL Retired in 1997. Removed from public ministry 10/02 after accusations of sexual misconduct with a pre-teen boy more than 15 years previously while assigned to St. Margaret Mary parish in Rogers Park. Review board found reasonable cause to sustain the allegations and Cardinal George placed Thomas in a “monitored and restricted” setting where he would not be alone with minors. Review board still investigating as of 9/05. Name not on 3/06 list of priests with verified accusations but is on 9/15/08 list. Died 8/11.
Trujillo Michael Chicago, IL One of 10 brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in 5/13 civil case of abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. Order agreed to massive $16.5M settlement w 400 plaintiffs re abuse by multiple order priests & brothers late May, 2013. Unclear if the order has substantiated any of the allegations against the eight newly-accused brothers, including Trujillo.
Turlo Walter Joseph Chicago, IL Resigned from parish and placed on leave 6/05 after allegations of inappropriate behavior with a minor at St. William’s Church in Chicago about 30 years previously. Laicized 10/09 per Chicago Archdiocesan report accessed 1/14/10. Lawsuit filed 6/8/17 alleging sex abuse of boy, ages 9-10, in the late 1970s. Found by news outlet in 10/18 living around the corner from a grade school in Lyons.
Ulatowski Donald Francis Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Died 6/99. Personnel file released 1/14. Documents show he would take 2-3 boys at a time (with no other adults) to his cottage in Wisconsin and abuse them. Later in his career, he was placed on restricted ministry and ordered not to be alone with children.
Vader Anthony Joseph Chicago, IL Allegations received Fall 2002. Placed on leave 2/03 after allegations that he abused minor females more than 40 years before at Holy Cross parish (1st assignment). Resided in a “monitored and restricted setting” after Archdiocese permanently removed his privileges 9/05. Vatican agreed but did not laicize him. Name appears on 6/03 list of 23 priests whom Archdiocese has confirmed had credibleaccusations of sexual abuse of a minor. Two women filed civil suit 5/09 after futile mediation. Died 7/2011.
Vilchez Parra Clovis Chicago, IL Peru native. Arrived in U.S. 2007, ordained in 2012. Assigned to Our Lady of Mercy in Chicago, then associate pastor of Mission San Juan Diego Catholic Church in Arlington Heights. Charged 2/24/15 with felony possession and reproduction of child pornography. Removed from ministry pending outcome. Pled guilty. Sentenced 4/17 to 4 years prison and ordered to register as a sex offender. Given 460 days credit for time served on electric monitoring.
Vorlick Phillip Chicago, IL One of 10 brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in 5/13 civil case of abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. Order agreed to massive $16.5M settlement w 400 plaintiffs re abuse by multiple order priests & brothers late May, 2013. Unclear if the order has substantiated any of the allegations against the eight newly-accused brothers, including Vorlick.
Walczak Karl J. Chicago, IL Served as Principal of Damien High School in Honolulu for 10 yrs and as President of Brother Rice High in Chicago for 12 yrs. Also worked in California. Appointed principal of O’Dea High School in Seattle in 2011. Took leave in 8/12 to assist in resolving Order’s bankruptcy in New York. Man filed claim in the Bankruptcy case alleging that he was abused by Walczak in 1970-1971 when he was a freshman student at Br. Rice in Chicago. Walczak resigned 10/31/12. Denied abuse.
Weston Michael Howard Chicago, IL Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan Report of 3/23/06. Resigned 9/93. Laicized 10/09. Personnel file released 01/14 shows he was working in Chicago in 1970s when at least one allegation received; no action by Archdiocese. In 2003, Review Board found allegations credible. Later worked as chaplain for Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley College.
Wigglesworth Wayne E. Chicago, IL Worked in Baltimore area from 1960s to 1980s. Met his wife when she was teenager at church. Married her when family learned she was pregnant at 19. She found child porn on computer in 2007 and left him. He would visit her in rehab center (auto accident). Police warned him after he made improper calls to 9 yr old boy he met there. Arrested 8/09 in Chicago after caught in car w/ 15 yr old boy he met online. More child porn found. Pled guilty 1/11. Sentenced 8/12 to 10 yrs prison and 10 yrs probation.
Wilk Joseph Chicago, IL In 2007 he was recalled from sabbatical to assume new post. Left priesthood in 09/10. Named as abuser in civil suit filed 5/13. Accused of abusing one youth at St. Matthew Church in Schaumburg beginning in 1995 when the boy was 10 and continuing for 8 years. Would give the boy alcohol and occasionally give him money. Accuser’s father told Archdiocese in 2010 but nothing done. In 2/14, Archdiocese added Wilk’s name to their public list of priests with credible allegations of abuse. As of 07/24/14, the Archdiocese of Chicago said it had reinstated him as a priest in good standing after new information found relating to allegations against him. No announcement made as to status of civil case against him except that the civil case still exists and is active in the Courts.
Wojtowicz Louis Chicago, IL Ordained a deacon 4/19/97. Removed from public ministry 7/99. Dismissed from Mundelein Seminary 2/000. Died 4/13. Added to the archdiocese’s list 11/29/18 of clergy with substantiated allegations against them of child sexual abuse.
Yakaitis Michael T. Chicago, IL Accused of abusive relationship with an 18 yr old student at Niles College in early 1990s over a 1 year period. Plaintiff complained to officials two years later. Yakaitis admitted the relationship and sent for therapy. In 2002, Plaintiff found out that Yakaitis was still active priest at Univ. of Chicago and went public with his allegations. Yakaitis resigned from his position at the Univ. Died in FL 5/10.
Barrett John F. Joliet, IL Placed on leave 5/02 re old accusations that he molested an 8th grade boy in Catholic cchool in 1968. Original claim was made in 1991 but the man says that Diocese cancelled meeting with him at last minute when he wanted to bring either his wife or attorney with him. The accuser let the matter drop until 2002 when investigator for Diocese contacted him. Cleared by Diocesan investigation 6/10/02 and returned to duty. Diocese said claims could not be substantiated and victim was not cooperating. Barrett died 7/16/14.
Bennett Richard L. Joliet, IL Diocese learned of abuse allegation in 2004. Bennett said to have abused youth once in 1976 after learning of abuse by another priest. Review board said allegation unfounded. Bennett still active as of 4/06 but under supervision. Civil suit filed by plaintiff in 5/06 but dismissed by the Court in Oct. 2006. All supervision of Bennett was removed in May, 2007.
Buczyna Andrew L. Joliet, IL Removed from ministry in 2008. Name first appears on Joliet diocesan list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors as revised 3/12/13. Pastor of St John Vianney in Lockport from 6/97 to 2009. Per 12/28 updated list, permanently removed from ministry.
Burnett James Joliet, IL Accused of abuse 2/06. Denied. Removed. Not on diocese’s 4/06 list of accused. Suit filed 5/06 re allegations from 1978-82 when plaintiff was ages 8-12. Diocese found first allegations “not credible” but couldn’t resolve credibility of second set. Second suit filed 2007. First suit dismissed on SOL 9/07. Diocese reopened investigation in 2010. Remained on leave. Added to Joliet list 3/13. Third case settled 3/13 for $600K and release of personnel files of several priests. Told all three plaintiffs that charges substantiated. Personnel files released 04/30/14. Per 12/18 updated list, permanently removed from ministry.
Corbino Thomas A. Joliet, IL In 8/11 Diocese learned of allegations of possible inappropriate behavior with a minor at two parishes 1987-2008. After months of investigation, Review Board found actions did not rise to the level of sexual abuse of minor but were inappropriate. He resigned from St. Pius X and was sent to treatment. Soon began work as volunteer chaplain at Central DuPage Hospital “under restrictions.” Removed by Hospital 4/13 after it learned of past allegations. Diocese said it already knew.
Dedera Phillip J. Joliet, IL Removed from hospital chaplain ministry 2002 after “credible” allegation that he abused a teenager in 1974. Sued in 2006 by person alleging abuse over 100 times at St. Pius X parish in Lombard 1975-1976. Claim settled. Name on Joliet Diocese list updated 3/12/13. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Named in a 2015 lawsuit as having ignored an 11-year-old boy’s screams while another priest, Henry Slade, assaulted him after the boy refused a sex act. Plaintiff said Dedera then offered him marijuana to “help him forget it.” Permanently removed from ministry, per diocese’s list updated 12/6/18.
Dennerlein Arno Joliet, IL In 2/03 two brothers told Joliet police that Dennerlein had sexually abused them when they were boys in the early 1970s. Dennerlein denied the charges but was removed. In 10/03 Dennerlein challenged the credibility of his accusers but did refer to “a single, momentary incident” involving one of the boys. In 10/03 the diocesan review board deemed the abuse allegations credible. Suit filed 10/03 by another set of brothers alleging abuse in the 1960s. Canonical process pending 4/14. Per diocese’s list updated 12/18, case process still pending and his status was “on leave.”
Dinan Paul F. Joliet, IL Retired in 1980. Died 12/6/96. Worked for many years in Kankakee, Joliet and Paxton. Name included on Joliet diocese’s list of priests with credible allegations as revised 3/12/13. The allegations were received after his death were thus shown as “unresolved” on the list.
Dugal, III William Joliet, IL Spent many years in wheelchair. Chaplain at Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison 1984-1996. Because of his health, went to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. Retired in 2000, privileges removed. Died in 2009. Name first appears on diocese’s list of priests with credible allegations 3/12/13.
Fischer Lowell E. Joliet, IL Ordained for Trappists. Incardinated into Diocese of Joliet. Moved to Hawaii in 1975 for a “18 year leave of absence.” Worked as hospital chaplain for a year. Became parish priest in 1977. One person filed suit in 1994 in Hawaii alleging abuse by Fischer in 1992. Settled out of court. Returned to Joliet Diocese in 1993 on a restricted basis. Removed from ministry 2002. Died 6/06 in Illinois. Named in new civil suit against Joliet diocese filed 04/30/14.
Flores Alejandro (Alex) Joliet, IL Native of Bolivia. Ordained for Joliet 6/09. Removed 1/4/10 from First Family after couple accused him of abusing their 13-year-old son for 5 years while a seminarian. Flores attempted suicide 1/6/10 by leaping from balcony of abandoned church. Sustained serious head injuries. Released 1/20/10 and arrested. Charged 4/10 with attempted abuse of first victim’s brother. Pled guilty 9/10 to first allegations. Got four years prison. Paroled 6/13. Arrested by Immigration. Deported to Bolivia 8/6/13. Out-of-court civil settlement 2012. Per diocese’s list 12/18, permanently removed from minsitry.
Formusa Salvatore Joliet, IL Named publicly as accused on Joliet diocese list 4/10/06. Retired 1985. Removed from ministry without privileges 2002. Died 2006. . Diocese agreed to release his personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14.
Frederick James Joliet, IL Name appears on Joliet Diocese 4/10/06 list of priests with substantiated allegations. Died 1988. Per 2013 articles and personnel files, Frederick was dean of students at the former St. Charles Borromeo [minor] seminary in Romeoville in mid-1960s. Several students complained to Rector of seminary in 1967 and Bishop removed Frederick. He later returned to duty as CFO for Diocese. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files finally released 4/30/14.
Gibbney Michael L. Joliet, IL Removed from ministry 1992. Sued 10/02. Accused of abuse of boy at Mary Queen of Heaven parish in Elmhurst and at St. Francis of Assisi in Bolingbrook. Suit dismissed 2004 on limitations. Another suit filed early 2006 but dismissed 11/06 on statute of limitations with option to refile amended complaint. Named in new suit filed 5/15/13. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Named as 1 of 5 priests in $4.137 million settlement in 4/15. Laicized 2011.
Gibbs Lawrence (Larry) M. Joliet, IL Multiple accusers. Accused of abuse in 1979. Transferred. Accused of abuse of 11-year-old boy for 6 years. Two civil suits filed 1993, one dismissed, one settled 1998. Termed Joliet diocese’s most notorious abuser. Accused of abuse in Lombard, Lockport and Glen Ellyn. Removed from ministry 1992. No criminal charges filed. Left priesthood in 1990s and later married. Removed from position as counselor in St. Louis in 2002 pending investigation. Named in new suit filed by a man 6/12 and by another man 6/13. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Named in $4.137 million settlement re five priests in 4/15.
Howlin Carroll Joliet, IL Man filed suit 8/02 alleging abuse by Howlin in 1975 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and on trips to KY. Howlin, who had worked as mission priest in KY since 1977, was quickly removed. Another man alleging abuse by Howlin says he reported incident to Bp Imesch in 1993. Man’s attorney said Imesch sent Howlin for therapy or psych evaluation without telling the Lexington diocese about it, then allowed him to return to ministry. A 6/08 canonical case still unresolved 4/14. Living unsupervised in KY. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Died 5/05/15.
Jacklin Richard E. Joliet, IL Pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Goodrich. Arrested 10/31/17, charged with sexual assault of a 39-year-old paralyzed man with an intellectual disability who resided at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee. A nurse reportedly walked in Jacklin as he was performing a sex act on the resident.
Jendrysik Mark Joliet, IL Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated 12/8/18. It notes he was permanently removed from ministry in 2018. Admitted to “having sexual contact” with a teen girl over 35 year prior, when he was a seminarian.
Jochem Harold Joliet, IL Man filed civil suit 6/04 alleging that he was abused from 1974 to 1978 by Jochem and another franciscan friar, Jeffrey Salwach, at St. Jude Catholic Parish in New Lenox. Suit says that the two priests forced the youth to engage in group sex, smoke marijuana and drink alcohol over a 4 yr period. Jochem was dead per the 2004 article.
Lenczycki Frederick A. Joliet, IL Removed 2002. Convicted 2004 for abuse of 3 boys. Sentenced to 5 years prison. Also worked in MO and CA. Admitted to abusing up to 30 boys over 25 years. Deemed too dangerous to release. Released 9/09 on parole. On IL sex offender registry. New lawsuit 5/13. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Named in at least one new suit 4/30/14. Named as 1 of 5 priests in $4.137m suit settled 4/15. Laicized 2016. New charge 2/19 of assault of a boy in the early 1990s in St. Louis. Living in Berkeley, IL. Pled guilty 5/19 to abusing two boys in MO in the early 1990s.
Malzone John D. Joliet, IL Left ministry in 1970. Died in 2008. Named publicly by the Joliet diocese on its list revised 3/12/13 of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
McBrien Kevin Michael Joliet, IL McBrien was removed from position at St. Matthew Church In Glendale Heights 5/10 after allegation that he abused one youth on a single occasion approx. 30-35 yrs previously while at Joliet Catholic High School. Same person also alleged abuse on multiple occasions by Fr. Lee Ryan at Providence High School. Investigation by Diocese is ongoing, Lives in a supervised setting 8/10.
McGrath Richard J. Joliet, IL Accused in a 4/18 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a boy ages 13-15 in 1995-96. The abuse allegedly occurred at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, where McGrath was president. Police investigating. Had been investigated in 12/17 after a girl reported she saw at a wrestling match that McGrath had a photo of a nude boy on his cellphone. McGrath refused to give the phone to police; investigation closed. McGrath resigned from the high school. The man who filed suit in 4/18 came forward to police in 1/18. Per news in 9/18, moved to his Order’s St. John Stone Friary in Hyde Park, across an alley from a preschool and near a Catholic grade school. The Augustinians agreed to move him after outcry. Sent to a friary in Chicago. Reported in 12/18 to have “gone missing” from Order. Thought to be living alone in a Chicago apartment.
Meis J. Anthony Joliet, IL Meis left his position in Joliet in 1994 after allegation of sexual misconduct with minor in late 1980s. A secret settlement was paid to the alleged victim. After therapy, in 12/94 he became chaplain at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. Removed in 2002. Hospital president said Bishop Imesch told him about past allegations against Meis in 1994 but Archdiocese of St. Louis said it had no knowledge of claim. There was letter of good standing from Bishop Imesch. Died in 2015, per diocese.
Mullins Lawrence (Larry) Joliet, IL First allegations received in 1986. Not removed until 1993. Five men filed suit in 9/02 alleging Mullins molested them and that the diocese should have known he was unfit. Suit dismissed under statute of limitations; four of the plaintiffs refiled under new law. Judge dismissed again in 1/04. A sixth plaintiff filed civil suit in 7/04 alleging abuse 1978-1980. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Laicized in 2018.
Nowak James A. Joliet, IL Retired 2007 from SS Peter and Paul in Naperville. Member of Montini Catholic HS board of directors. Removed without privileges 8/12 after allegation of sex abuse of a minor about 25 years prior. Per 1989 Official Catholic Directory was assigned to St. Anthony’s in Joliet. Review Board deemed allegation credible. Matter sent to Rome. Still pending 4/14. Named in new suit 5/15/13. Named as one of 5 priests in $4.137 million lawsuit settled in 4/15. Settlements with eight men claiming abuse as minors. Per diocese’s list updated in 12/18, Nowak was permanently removed from ministry.
O’Connor Donald Joliet, IL O’Connor’s mental stability had been questioned as far back as seminary. Removed from ministry in 5/02 after Diocese learned of allegations that he abused an adolescent boy 1967-1970. Diocese said allegations were substantiated and O’Connor “acknowledged that the incident had occurred.” Other accusers also known. Former police chaplain. Died in 2011. Revealed 5/16/13 that even after privileges were removed, he was paid to say mass intentions (stipends). Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14.
Pock Donald P. Joliet, IL Told parishioners at St. Peter’s parish in Itasca in 1987 that he was a recovering alcoholic. Removed from ministry at St. Peter’s in 2002. Accused of abuse of 1 in early 1970s. Allegations substantiated by the Review Board. Died 2004. Named in 2006 litigation by another man who claimed abuse in 1970 at age 16 at Divine Savior in Downers Grove, when he went to Pock to discuss becoming a priest. The man told the Diocese in the mid-1970s. Pock was sent for counseling then reassigned. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14.
Poff Edward Joliet, IL Per 5/02 article, Poff was accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1994. Allegation substantiated by church authorities and Poff sent for therapy. Reassigned to restricted ministry as a hospital chaplain until retirement in 2001. Poff still occasionally helped out at parishes until May, 2002 when the Diocese removed his faculties. Per diocese’s list revised 12/18, permanently removed from ministry.
Ross Anthony J. Joliet, IL Ordained for Joliet diocese. News in 2002 that Ross molested a 15-year-old boy twice in 1981. His victim had letters he had received from Ross, which the boy’s parents found in 1983. They confronted the bishop. Ross admitted the abuse, was sent to treatment, then returned to Joliet. The victim’s family discovered in 1993 that Ross was still in ministry. Ross subsequently moved to the Santa Rosa diocese and worked as prison chaplain. Incardinated to Santa Rosa 8/1/97. Permanently removed in 4/02 by Santa Rosa diocese when allegations became known. Sued 2006. Joliet diocese agreed to release personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. On Santa Rosa diocese’s list 1/12/19.
Ruffalo Richard Joliet, IL Credible allegations received after his death in 1997. In 2002 Ruffalo was accused by at least two men of abusing them when they were boys. Allegedly gave them beer and wine, took them on trips to Las Vegas and molested them. Ruffalo was also accused of stealing from collections. He was over $95,000 in debt when he died. One man filed civil suit 1998 which later settled. Two more plaintiffs filed suit 2003. A fourth man came forward in 2006.
Ryan F. Lee Joliet, IL Removed from St. Edmund in Watseka 5/10 after accused of abuse on multiple occasions of a boy at Providence H.S. about 30-35 years prior. Same man also alleged abuse by Fr. McBrien once at Joliet Catholic H.S. On “special assignment” per 1989 Catholic Directory. Denied the allegation. In summer 2012, Vatican said he could not be permanently removed. Diocese said he would return to limited ministry, but a week later, on 9/18/12, his privileges were again withdrawn. Canonical process was still pending 4/14. Named in new lawsuit against Joliet filed on 4/30/14. Died 9/2/16.
Salwach Jeffrey Joliet, IL Per June 2004 article, man filed civil suit alleging that he was abused as youth from 1974 to 1978 by Salwach and another friar. Salwach later transferred to Texas before being placed on leave 5/03. Lawsuit settled and no criminal charges were filed. Still shown as active priest per Catholic Times 5/10/09. In 11/11, word was received that Salwach had recently been assigned to work at LaVerna Friary in a residential neighborhood in St. Louis, MO.
Simonelli Gerald Joliet, IL Simonelli’s name appeared on the diocese’s 6/24/15 list of “Diocesan Priests With A Credible Allegation(s) of Sexual Abuse of Minors Made Against Them While Serving in the Joliet Diocese.” The list notes a continuing canonical process. Simonelli was removed from ministry in 5/10 after a 21-year-old man accused him of “inappropriate conduct” that occurred more than two years prior. Bishop Sartain stated Simonelli’s removal was due to “homosexual activity” and that he was “unfaithful to his vows on more than one occasion.” As of 12/18, process still pending and status was “on leave.”
Slade Henry Joliet, IL Arrested and removed from ministry 1/90. Pled guilty 2/90 to sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old disabled man. Sentenced to 12 months probation. Victim filed suit 12/91. Suit later settled. Accused in another lawsuit filed in 11/15 abusing an 11-year-old boy in 1976. Plaintiff said he refused to perform a sex act on Slade, who then physically attacked him; further, he said Rev. Phillip Dedera ignored his screams, but later offered him marijuana “to help him forget it.” Per diocese’s list 12/18, Slade died in 2016.
Slown John Joliet, IL Convicted of sexually abusing a boy in DuPage Co in 1983. Removed from ministry in 1986. Slown said he left priesthood because he was an alcoholic. In 10/03 two brothers filed suit alleging abuse by Slown, Ruffalo and Arno Dennerlein. Suit said abuse occurred in Illinois for several years and, for the younger boy, later in NJ. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14.
Stalzer David Joliet, IL 1993 civil suit claims that Stalzer and Lawrence M. Gibbs abused the plaintiff in 1981. Suit was dismissed in 1994 by the Court after Plaintiff claimed to have been treated by two psychologists and both denied having seen the man. Stalzer was returned to duty 4/93 (under supervision and with limited contact w/ youngsters) prior to resolution of suit. He was allowed to continue active duties until his death in 2000. 1993 civil suit claims that Stalzer and Lawrence M. Gibbs abused the plaintiff in 1981. Suit was dismissed in 1994 by the Court after Plaintiff claimed to have been treated by two psychologists and both denied having seen the man. Stalzer was returned to duty 4/93 (under supervision and with limited contact w/ youngsters) prior to resolution of suit. He was allowed to continue active duties until his death in 2000.
Stefanich Edward Joliet, IL Stefanich abused a 15-year-old girl for 16 months 1985-86. Church warned by Counselor about the relationship in 1986; they promised to handle but did nothing until 1987 after Stefanich proposed marriage and the girl’s parents complained. He was removed then. Stefanich was indicted and pled guilty. Sentenced in 1987 to 6 months in jail and a year of counseling. Laicized in 1988. Police admitted they knew he had also abused another girl. Settled with family 4/88 for $450K. A man accused him of abuse in a suit filed 9/03 re abuse 1969-1970. Stefanich died in 2016, per the diocese’s list updated 12/18.
Storm James Joliet, IL Died in 1974. Name included on Joliet diocese’s list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors as revised 3/12/13. The allegations were received after his death and thus were shown as “unresolved” on the list.
Van Duren Charles Joliet, IL Worked in MA, PA, St. Joseph Indian School in SD, and MS before arriving in the Joliet Diocese in 1970. Worked in several parishes, retired in 1995, and died 8/97. Credible accusation was received after his death. Name appeared on Diocese’s 6/08 list of accused priests with a credible/ substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.
Virtue William D. Joliet, IL Accused in 2006 of abuse in the Joliet diocese in 1980-81. Not included on Joliet diocese’s list of confirmed abusers released 4/09/06. Civil suit filed 5/06. Worked in Joliet, Rockford and Peoria dioceses. Joliet settled suit as of 9/07. Left Joliet and incardinated into Peoria in 1988. Peoria diocese removed his privileges in 2006. Canonical process pending 4/14. Joliet diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. On Rockford diocese’s list 11/14/18. Noted to have been removed from ministry by Peoria and Rockford in 2/06. Per Joliet list updated 12/18, “on leave,” canonical process still pending.
Walsh Oliver T. Joliet, IL Native of Ireland. Died in 1975. Walsh’s name appeared on Joliet diocese’s list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors as revised 3/12/13. The allegations were received after his death and thus were shown on the list as “unresolved.”
White Myles Patrick Joliet, IL Removed from ministry in 1992 after seen on a 30 minute segment of a videotape having sex with a boy. He had donated the tape to a garage sale. When police arrested him, he was destroying pictures of boys. Sentenced to four years prison in 1993 in Illinois and similar sentence in Indiana. Released from prison in 1995. At least four suits settled by 11/95. One victim known to have died by suicide 20 years after the abuse. White died in 2012. Named in new civil suit 5/13. One of five priests named in $4.137 million suit settled 4/15.
Anderson John C. Peoria, IL Anderson was one of 8 priests who were removed in 4/02. Allegations first surfaced in 1993 and he was removed from parish post. Continued to work in administrative positions “on special assignment” until 2002. Named in 10/18 suit against all of the Catholic dioceses in IL. A plaintiff said Anderson sexually abused him at St. Edward’s in Chillicothe in the late 1970s-early 1980s, when the plaintiff was ages 8 to 14. On diocese’s list in 12/18. In 6/18 was living in a Bloomington retirement community, reportedly presenting himself as a priest.
Beebe Charles Peoria, IL Monsignor. Retired in 2016. Accused in 2018 of the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy in 1981, at the Academy of Our Lady/Spalding Institute. Beebe was placed on leave in 6/18 and police contacted. The Diocesan Review Commission investigated and deemed the allegation “unsubstantiated.” Reinstated.
Breuning/Bruening Walter A. Peoria, IL Retired in 1999. Removed from public ministry in 2002 after allegation of sexual abuse of minors 20-40 years prior, at least as young as age 9. Two brothers alleged he abused them in the late 1960s-early 1970s while assigned to St. Joseph’s in Pekin. Three suits filed 12/05 alleged child sexual abuse. Name sometimes spelled Bruening. Suit dismissed by lower court but reinstated by Appeals Court 1/09. Settled. At least 12 accusers. On diocese’s list 12/18, spelled “Bruening.” Died 11/2/09.
Bush Edward E. Peoria, IL In 2002, 2 women accuse Bush of sexual misconduct against them when they were in 6th and 8th grades in 1964 or 1965. Removed from ministry 5/02. Bishop confronted him 4/02; he did not deny charges; agreed to resign from all active ministry. He sued Diocese for defamation 9/02. At least 1 woman sued him in 2005. Case withdrawn and then refiled in 1/07. Dismissed 6/07 as beyond SOL. On diocese’s list in 12/18.
Cassidy Terry Peoria, IL Diocese announced Cassidy’s removal from public ministry 8/26/15 due to accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor nearly 30 years prior. Assigned to 16 parishes 1984-2001, with leave of absences 1989 and 1992. Spiritual advisor for Teens Encounter Christ 2006-2013. Pastor of St. Ann’s in Peoria since 1999.
Cody J. George Peoria, IL Cody, born in Wales, U.K., worked in Peoria for many years as hospital chaplain. He died in 1964. In 2011, a woman made public her allegations that Cody had abused her and other girls in 1950s when she was a 12 yr old polio patient at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. When she complained to the nurses, she was told to be quiet or the nurse could lose her job. At some point in the past she was offered $17K in exchange for gag agreement and she refused.
Condon Louis Peoria, IL Diocese statement of 11/30/05 said Condon was removed from active ministry in 1986 “due to circumstances not related to abuse of a minor.” His death notice said he “retired” then. He was accused in 2005 civil suit of improperly touching and fondling a girl between 1958 and 1960 when she was ages 6-9. He denied the allegations. Suit dismissed 6/07 by Court as filed beyond SOL. Died 2/17/09. On Peoria’s list 12/18.
Creager Robert J. Peoria, IL Creager was one of 7 priests asked to step down from public ministry 5/02 because of allegations of sexual abuse. He retired as of 1998. No info on alleged abuse or victims. Allegations were brought to Diocese’s attention within the preceding two months. Spent some time as military chaplain. On diocese’s list 12/18. Died 10/25/08.
Engels Francis (Frank) Peoria, IL Engels and 2 other priests accused of abusing youth in 1973. The victim complained directly to Bishop Myers in 1992. Diocese did not put Engels on leave until the family went to the media in 1993. Engels also admitted abusing one youth in 1980s. Bishop tried to reinstate him in 2002 but second victim complained and he was not reassigned. Named in 2004 civil suit which settled 2005. Pled guilty in 4/05 to sexually abusing a teenage altar boy during trips to Milwaukee in the early 1980s. Sentenced in 6/05 to 10 years in WI prison. On Peoria’s list in 12/18.
Goodman Norman D. Peoria, IL Beginning 8/98 12 young men filed suits alleging that Goodman abused them (mostly in 1980s) and that at least twice diocesan officials were informed of the abuse but failed to take action. Other suits followed. Goodman “resigned” from parish in 1997. Settlement with 13 in 1999. Placed on permanent leave in 2002. Lawsuit filed 2005, dropped, re-filed 1/06. This suit dismissed 6/07 as beyond SOL. Named in 4/07 lawsuit. This suit, with others, were dismissed on SOL in 2007 & 2008. All suits to have been possibly reinstated 1/09. Suit revived 8/16 of man claiming abuse as boy 1991-94. Goodman died 8/1/13.
Harbert William Peoria, IL Harbert admitted abusing a 14-year-old in 1982. Also accused of abusing 3 siblings. Chaplain at nursing home when charges surfaced. Resigned from public ministry in 1993 after admitting he abused another youth. Suit filed 2/04. Plaintiff claims Diocese knew of abuse in 1970s. Settled in 2005. Another suit filed 1/07. Harbert died in 4/24/03. On diocese’s list in 12/18.
Hiland George H. Peoria, IL Retired 1994. Removed from public ministry in 11/18 due to allegations deemed credible of sexual misconduct with a minor about 50 years prior. Assignments inculded St. John the Baptist, in Fairbury, St. Patrick in Dwight and St. James, in Forrest, between 1976 and 1994. On diocese’s list in 12/18. Known in 2014 to be living in Sebastian, FL.
Leclercq M. Duane Peoria, IL Retired 2008. Removed 11/18 from public ministry due to allegations deemed credible of sexual misconduct 30 years prior. Among assignments were Holy Trinity in Bloomington 1964-1969 and St. John in Clinton and St. Patrick in Wapella 1983-1989. On diocese’s list 12/18.
Maloney Thomas W. Peoria, IL Accused in a 6/08 civil suit of abuse of an 8-year-old altar boy 1995-1996. Assigned to Epiphany parish in Normal. Lawsuit says a woman reported abuse in 1995 or 1996 and a second woman came forward to say Maloney had molested her as a child in the 1970s. Maloney retired in 9/02 because of “health reasons” and died 8/7/09. Authorities found insufficient evidence to file criminal charges. Civil suit settled 8/13 for $1.35M.
Mary Jane Sister Peoria, IL Accused in a 2005 suit of sexually abusing a girl age 6-7 in 1960-61 at St. Patrick Catholic School in Washington. Her current status was unknown in 2005.
Miller Thomas R. Peoria, IL Miller, a parish priest and head of 2 parochial schools, was placed on leave in 2004 after man alleged that, as a minor, he had been sexually assaulted by Miller in 1979 in Bloomington. Others came forward with similar allegations. Review board found at least 1 allegation credible. Miller has been laicized per 11/06 article. His appeal to Rome to reverse laicization was denied 7/10. On diocese’s list in 12/18.
Onderko John M. Peoria, IL Retired 2005. Removed 11/18 from public ministry due to allegations deemed credible of sexual misconduct about 55 years prior.
Perron Toussaint J. Peoria, IL “Fr. Jeff.” From Canada. Worked in diocese since early 1970s. Removed from public ministry in 1992. Convicted 1993 of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of boy, age 14, in rectory at St. John’s in Walnut, IL during the summer and fall of 1992. Served 3 years. Also accused of abusing a 16- to 17-year-old boy 1982-1984 while at St. John’s in Galva. Civil suit filed 11/05 by second victim, later dropped and refiled 1/07. Settled 5/08. Perron died 8/23/11 in Quebec City.
Pilon Jerome Peoria, IL Placed on leave 1/09 after accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor dating back about 12 years. Pilon denied the allegations. Alleged abuse did not take place in Peoria diocese. He was assigned to St. Anthony’s in Hoopeston 1992-98; Diocese said that victim was not associated with that parish. On diocese’s list in 12/18.
Plunkett Gregory J. Peoria, IL Removed 5/02 after allegations of sexual abuse involving fondling a 13-year-old boy prior to Plunkett’s enrollment in Seminary. Plunkett denied all allegations. Suspended after other allegations were received. Person with original complaint was also allegedly abused by priests Francis Engels and William Harbert. Filed suit 2/04. Settled 3/05. Charged in 2003 with recent fondling a youth under age 17. Trial 10/04. Found not guilty. Died 10/2/11, age 66.
Pusateri Samuel D. Peoria, IL Pusateri worked as teacher, chaplain and counselor at St. Bede Academy near Peru for 20 years. He received a 6-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in 1991 to abusing a teenage student in 1990. Still a Benedictine and working in Rome per 9/2000 newsletter from Most Rev. Marcel Rooney O.S.B., Abbot Primate. Moved by 2017-18 to the Benedictine community at Sant’Anselmo.
Slavish Richard Peoria, IL Slavish and six other priests were placed on leave by Bishop in May 2002 after allegations of abuse involving minors. Privileges were revoked. Slavish was scheduled to retire in summer of 2002 but other article said he retired in April. Slavish apparently held parish assignments during his entire career except 1969-1971, when he was chaplain at east Moline State Hospital. No information found on dates of abuse or victims.
Turnbull (OFM) John B. Peoria, IL Placed on leave in 2005 after Order learned of allegations that he abused a boy in the late 1970s. The boy was a parochial school student at St. Anthony’s in Streator, IL. Turnbull also worked in IN and OH. He was pastor of Holy Family in Oldenburg, IN in 2005. Living in 2019 at a Franciscan retirement community in Cincinnati.
Van Acker Michael R. Peoria, IL Van Acker, a medical center chaplain and former chaplain at several high schools, was placed on leave 6/02 when diocese received allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in the early 1980s. One article notes a leave of absence in 1992 prior to his assignment to the medical center. On diocese’s list in 12/18.
Banach Edwin Rockford, IL In 9/02 Franciscans began investigating allegations that Banach abused 2 boys between 1963 and 1970 at St. Anthony of Padua church. One person alleged abuse and the other alleged that Banach made sexual overtures. Banach spent 9 years at St. Anthony shortly after his ordination in 1941. He then went to a church in California until 1963 when he came back to St. Anthony. In 1970 Banach was transferred back to California. Died in 1984,
Campobello Mark A. Rockford, IL Arrested 12/02 when 18-year-old girl alleged abuse at 14 when he was asssistant principal and spiritual director at her school. Placed on leave. Indicted again 10/03 on charges that he molested another girl 1999-2000 in a different county. Pled guilty 2004. Sentenced to 8 years (4 for each girl). Two civil suits filed 2004; settled 5/07 for $2.2M. At least one more credible accuser. Laicized 6/05. Released from prison 2/13/08. Back in prison 4/08; soon released. Back in 4/09. Released 7/28/10. Last known to be living in Crystal Lake, IL. On diocese’s list 11/14/18.
Clapsaddle Harlan B. Rockford, IL Per 2002 article, Clapsaddle was accused of inappropriately touching three brothers decades before. Diocese notified in 1996; he was removed from parish in 1/97 and sent for treatment. Reassigned 11/97, as chaplain to a nursing home in a “monitored setting.” The Diocese paid the three victims total of $80K. In 3/02 he was removed from the nursing home assignment after another claim of abuse years prior was received. Home said it did not know anything about his past record. On diocese’s list 11/14/18.
Considine Thomas Rockford, IL Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 11/14/18. Noted to have been removed from ministry in 4/80. Died 3/88.
Feely Theodore Rockford, IL Feely worked in IL, CA and NV. In 2002 two men alleged Feely of abused them when they were minors in IL 1968-72. One of the men filed 2/06 civil suit against the Rockford Diocese claiming Feely repeatedly sexually abused him, including rape, at age 13 in 1969. The man said the abuse started on a four-day trip to the Wisconsin Dells. He said he was awakened by the priest choking him, and was then sodomized. Feely’s accuser also said he told another priest during confession, who pulled him out of the confessional, said he was evil then pushed him down the stairs. The lawsuit was dismissed on SOL. Feely died in NV in 1991. On Rockford diocese’s list 11/14/18. On Las Vegas diocese’s list 4/12/19.
Frazier Michael Rockford, IL Ordained permanent deacon in 1982. Retired 2011. On Rockford diocese’s list 11/14/18. Noted to have been removed from ministry by the Diocese of Knoxville 2/14 and faculties removed by Rockford same month.
Gaynor James Rockford, IL Diocese was notified by a man in 2000 that Gaynor had repeatedly abused him from 1963 to 1965 when the man was 4- and 5-years-old. Diocese told him that Gaynor had died of AIDS in 1991. Accuser says he refused to sign agreement offering counseling in exchange for releasing diocese from liabilities or damages. Same man came forward again in 2002.
Harte Al F. Rockford, IL Woman filed suit 1/31/14 alleging that Harte and 2 other priests (Fr. Bob and Fr. Allen) abused her on multiple occasions over 3 year period from 1978-1980 while she was a student at Holy Family Catholic School. Harte was at the parish from 1976-1989.Suit claims diocese know of his behavior before her abuse. He died 08/24/02.
Holdren John C. Rockford, IL Accused in lawsuit filed 9/8/15 of sexually abusing 7- to 9-year-old boy in the early 1970s at St. Rita’s of Cascia in Aurora. Abuse said to have included fondling and sodomy. Accuser said several of his friends told him they were abused, too. Holdren denied abuse of the boy. Took long-term leave of absence 1994 after injured in reported home invasion. Diocese stated 9/15 he was no longer an active priest, but Holdren told reporter he was still active, helping out at a local parish. On diocese’s list 11/14/18. It noted he was removed from ministry in 7/94 “for reason not related to a child abuse allegation”.
Joffe William I. Rockford, IL Placed on leave 12/87 after allegation he had mismanaged parish funds. Pled guilty 1981 to embezzling $264K from his parish; sentenced to 1 year in prison and 5 years probation. Reassigned 1992 to a parish; placed on leave again 1993 after abuse complaint. Another complaint received in 2002 and 3rd & 4th received 2004. Three more by 2005. Dates ranged 1969-1983. Suit filed 2/06. “Removed from priesthood” in 8/93 but still in 2002 Catholic Directory. Lived in FL 2006. On diocese’s list 11/14/18. Noted to have died in 4/08.
Johnson Walter E. Rockford, IL Named publicly as accused on the Rockford diocese’s list 11/14/18. Noted to have been removed by his order 4/88, reinstated 9/88, then removed again 4/93. Worked in, Chicago IL archdiocese, Bolivia, Dioceses of Rockford IL and San Jose CA. Moved to Maryknoll NY 2004. Died 4/14/18.
Kohler Peter D. Rockford, IL Priest of the Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSallette (M.S.). On the Diocese of Rockford’s list 11/14/18. Noted to have died in 1991.
Kuhl Richard Rockford, IL Professed final vows in 1954. In about 1996 five women filed four suits alleging abuse by Kuhl when they were children. All dismissed 1/00 by IL Supreme Court on SOL. A woman filed a suit 11/03 claiming he abused her 1974-82. Suit also says that mother of another victim had complained to the Order before 1974 and that nothing was done. Suit mentions at least six victims. On Rockford diocese’s list 11/14/18.
Pedraza-Arias Alfredo Rockford, IL Arrived in diocese 2013 from Colombia. Worked in Hispanic Ministry and in two Aurora parishes. Arrested 2/11/16, charged with criminal sexual abuse of two girls between 1/09 and 11/14. The girls were under the age of 6. Under investigation since 10/14, when allegations were reported to civil authorities and the Diocese of Rockford IL. Suspended from ministry 10/30/14. Pleaded not guilty in 9/16. Trial scheduled for 9/18/17. Delayed, set for 11/27/17. Delayed, set for 2/18. Detained by US immigration and faced deportation to Columbia in 7/17. Police looking to charge him also with fondling a 3-yr-old girl when he worked in DeKalb. In plea deal 2/9/18, not required to register as sex offender; pled guilty to misdemeanor. Released from jail 2/10/18. Deportation expected. Deported to Colombia 2/26/18.
Tully Joseph J. M. Rockford, IL Named as accused on the Rockford diocese’s list 11/14/18. Noted to have retired in 1971 and died in 12/18/82. On the Diocese of Beaumont, TX list 1/31/19. On Galveston-Houston’s list 1/31/19.
Campbell Alvin L. Springfield, IL Arrested on sex assault charges in 1985. Owned child porn. History of abuse involving numerous victims going back at least 20 years. Convicted and sentenced to 14 years prison. Released 1992. Bishop requested laicization in 1989 but was denied by CDF prefect Cardinal Ratzinger because Campbell did not agree. He later agreed and was laicized, possibly 1992. Died 12/2/02/ At least one civil suit settled in 2004 mass settlement. Six more victims from 1970s and early 1980s settled with Diocese 1/07 for $625K. On diocese’s list 11/29/18.
Cernich Joseph D. Springfield, IL Assigned to parishes, active in Teens Encounter Christ, taught summer school at Griffin High, and was a Christian Family Camps staff member. Faculties removed in 4/95. Worked in Catholic Charities administration offices until 2002. Laicized in 6/03. Went on to work for the city of Springfield. First named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list released 11/29/18.
Costa Eugene E. Springfield, IL Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 11/29/18. Worked at Holy Family in Decatur 1987-93. Beaten by two males, ages 15 and 17 in a Springfield park in 12/04 after he propositioned them for sex. Removed from ministry. Laicized.
Dee Garrett Neal Springfield, IL Worked in Springfield IL diocese. In treatment for about a year before assigned to Amarillo TX diocese in 1988. In 4/02 a man told Springfield diocese that Dee had abused him in the 1960s in IL. The man’s attorney wrote directly to Amarillo diocese in June, and Dee was placed on leave. Dee admitted to sexual misconduct with minors in the Diocese of Springfield. At least one more man from TX contacted local papers after story about Dee alleging he was molested by the priest in Groom, TX. On Springfield diocese’s list 11/29/19. It notes his removal from active ministry 7/31/02. Worked in Springfield IL diocese. In treatment for about a year before assigned to Amarillo TX diocese in 1988. In 4/02 a man told Springfield diocese that Dee had abused him in the 1960s in IL. The man’s attorney wrote directly to Amarillo diocese in June, and Dee was placed on leave. Dee admitted to sexual misconduct with minors in the Diocese of Springfield. At least one more man from TX contacted local papers after story about Dee alleging he was molested by the priest in Groom, TX. On Springfield diocese’s list 11/29/19. It notes his removal from active ministry 7/31/02.
DeGrand Robert Springfield, IL Removed 9/13 from parishes in Sigel, Neoga, Green Creek and Lillyville after new allegation of sexual misconduct against a minor dating back to 1980 when he was assigned to Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville, IL Temporarily removed. Review Board found allegations credible 1/14 and matter to be sent to Vatican for further action. To remain on leave. Civil and criminal authorities notified. No criminal prosecution due to SOL. On diocese’s list 11/29/18. Not in active miinistry since 5/1/15.
Dodd Robert Springfield, IL Began a ‘relationship’ with 15-year-old girl which continued for several years. Her mother complained to parish in 1968. After several months Dodd was transferred, to parish in the city where the girl was attending college. Dodd married and left the priesthood in 1971. Became an attorney and served as mayor of Champaign 1983-1987. Civil suit filed 1994. Court ruled 11/96 that case could go forward. Dodd died 3/28/13.On diocese’s list 11/29/18.
Downey Kevin J. Springfield, IL Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle VA since 2011. On 5/28/16 the Arlington VA diocese quietly announced Downey’s suspension during an investigation of sexual misconduct with a male minor, alleged to have occurred in 1990 ” in another state.” Per the Official Catholic Directory, Downey was working at Quincy College in IL, in the Springfield IL diocese in 1990. Downey denied the allegation. He has worked in NY, IL, NJ, NC, and VA. Province announced on 4/24/17 that the claim was found to be credible. Downey removed permanently from all public ministries.
Driscoll Michael Springfield, IL Named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/29/18. Died 5/15/89.
Eagear Robert Springfield, IL Named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/29/18. Died 9/22/84.
Faller George Springfield, IL Named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/29/18. Died 10/23/75.
Franzen Ray Springfield, IL Named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/29/18. Died 10/4/87.
Havey Joseph Springfield, IL Accused of abuse of at least 5 boys in 1970s-1980s. Sued 1993. They and others say he provided pornography, drugs and alcohol. Suit dismissed in 1995 on SOL and dismissal upheld by appeals court. Two other claims were pending at that time. Havey left priesthood and married. At least some claims settled as part of 2004 $3M mass settlement. Laicized in 4/06. On diocese’s list released 11/29/18.
Kromenaker George Springfield, IL Named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/29/18. Died 5/10/10.
Niebrugge Richard Springfield, IL Woman filed suit in 2004 alleging that Niebrugge had abused her for many years, beginning when she was 10, and that he had fathered her child which was born in 1978. Woman had been taken from an abusive family and lived with Niebrugge for many years in various rectories. Niebrugge died in 1983. Suit dismissed on limitations and dismissal upheld by 5th District Appellate Court 8/06.
O’Brien Joseph C. Springfield, IL Named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/29/19. Died 3/27/78.
O’Hara Frank J. Springfield, IL Two women filed suit 9/08 accusing O’Hara of sexually abusing them between 1971 and 1978 while he was assigned to St. Kevin’s Catholic Church in Rosewood Heights. Died 4/06 at age 90. On diocese’s list 11/29/18.
O’Hara James Patrick Springfield, IL Added on 6/18/19 to the Springfield diocesan list of accused priests, as a substantiated case of sexual abuse of a minor. Died on 11/15/87.
Ryan (Bp). Daniel Springfield, IL Served as chancellor and auxiliary bishop of the Joliet diocese before elevated to Springfield, IL as bishop in 1983. Named as a co-defendant in 1999 suit by three men who alleged he failed to act against sexual misconduct by clergy because he was involved in homosexual relationships. Resigned as Bishop of Springfield when the suit was filed. Suspended all public ministry in 2002 amid allegations he had abused a minor in 1984. Died 12/31/15. On Springfield diocese’s list 11/29/18.
Schlangen Louis Springfield, IL Retired 2007. Accused in a 10/18 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a girl 1973-75, when she was about 5 to 7 years old. The girl and her family were parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul in Springfield. Schlangen’s accuser said she met with Bishop Lucas in 2007, and that no action was taken against Schlangen. He celebrated his 60th anniversary as a priest in 4/17. Per news, he was deceased by 10/18.
Schwellenbach Aloysius Springfield, IL Named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/29/18. Died 9/15/00.
Shea Louis C Springfield, IL Added on 6/18/19 to the Springfield diocesan list of accused priests, as a ‘substantiated case of sexual abuse of a minor.’ Died on 11/15/96.
Tebangura Francis Springfield, IL Named publlicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/29/18. Not in active ministry since 3/10/06. Reportedy returned to his native Uganda.
Weerts Walter M. Springfield, IL Pled guilty in 1986 to abuse of 3 boys. Sentenced to 6 years in prison. Pre-sentencing report says Weerts was sexually involved with boys for at least 18 years and officials knew of his problems. Served about 3 years. Laicized during or shortly after release from prison. Diocese settled with 3 in 1987. Died 3/2/89. Settlements of 8 more claims in 2004 for total of $1.2M. New suit filed 11/07 alleged abuse 1968-1970. On diocese’s list released 11/29/18.
Westhoff Frank D. Springfield, IL Transferred to Crosier Seminary Onmia MN in 1986 after accusation that he abused a 14-year-old in the sacristy of St. Patrick’s in Decatur IL in 6/66. Sent in 1987 to Jefferson City MO diocese. Last assignment in MO ended in 2000. Retired in 2003. Died in 1/06. At least one additional molestation case was reported to Jefferson City diocese in 2006. On Jefferson City diocese’s list 11/8/18. On Springfield IL diocese’s list 11/29/18.
Yunker Stanislaus Springfield, IL Named in a 10/18 lawsuit as having sexually abused a girl 1972-75, when she was ages 4-7. Longtime pastor of St. Vincent de Paul in Springfield. Died in 1975.

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