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Indiana Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Indiana Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Indiana 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
Allen Michael E. Evansville, IN Accused in 1993 letter to Bishop Gettelfinger of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in 1976; Allen admitted the abuse in 1994, was sent for treatment, then returned to ministry. His accuser came forward again 5/5/02; Allen not removed until 6/02. Army chaplain 1972-1993. Working in 2004 in a civilian commissary in Kuwait, on contract with the U.S. Military. He was seen saying mass but the Archdiocese of Military Services said he had no privileges.
Breidenbach John Evansville, IN Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. One credible allegation noted. Admitted to sexually abusing minors prior to ordination as a deacon. Removed from public ministry 3/14/14.
Ciganovich Mark Evansville, IN Arrested in nationwide child pornography sting 5/96. Order placed him under supervision and removed him from public ministry. Had been a moral theology professor at St. Meinrad School of Theology for 17 years before resigning 8/96. Pled guilty 12/96 to federal charge of receiving child pornography in mail and sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in federal penitentiary, $3000 fine, and 2 years supervised release.
Clauss Joseph L. Evansville, IN Removed 1990 after allegations that he abused a youth in OH. Had been living for 11 years in the Servants of the Paraclete treatment facility in Jemez Springs, NM; not allowed to leave without supervision. Per one source in 2002, Clauss was an “incurable pedophile” and had recently been soliciting money from former parishioners who believed he was doing mission work on Indian reservations. Another allegation surfaced 5/02. Clauss died 10/11/03. On the diocese’s list 2/22/19. It notes 10 credible allegations and that he admitted to at least 1. Administrative leave 12/90, removed from public ministry 7/92.
Clements James Evansville, IN Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. One credible allegation, to which he admitted. Laicized 4/18/77. Died 12/21/96.
Englert Wilfred Evansville, IN Arrested and then placed on leave 8/05 after allegations he sexually molested a 19-year-old man who had the mental capacity of a 9-year old. Abuse occurred numerous times in early 2005. Englert claimed the sex was consensual. He later pleaded guilty to 2 counts of abuse. Sentenced in 10/06 to 2 terms of 1.5 yrs in Dubois County Jail. Received another 3 years in 2/07. Released 1/08. On sex offender registry. Not in compliance 2/10. Listed as on “administrative leave” per diocesan website 2/2/09. On diocese’s list 2/22/19. It notes that he was laicized 10/1/09.
Fleck David Evansville, IN Suspended 9/18 after diocese received a report of sexual misconduct by Fleck occurring “decades ago.” Diocese notified Child Protective Services. Fleck worked in schools and parishes in Vincennes, Petersburg, Montgomery, Oakland City and Bicknell. Also, resided in Haubstadt. He denied the allegation which, reportedly, were that Fleck solicited two boys who were students at Vincennes Rivet High School in the 1980s. Name not included on the diocese’s 2/22/19 list.
Graehler Kenneth Evansville, IN Removed 6/02 after allegation of misconduct with a minor. In 9/02 he was scheduled to return to duty per the Bishop even though Review Board had not seen the psychological evaluation. The Diocesan Review Board found that there was “reasonable cause” tobelieve he took part in “inappropriate” conduct.” Board said that conduct did not constitute sexual misconduct with a minor but was otherwise inappropriate.” Retired 11/02.
Heitz Warren Evansville, IN Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes two credible allegations. Removed from ministry by the Benedictines’ St. Meinrad Archabbey in 2002, after St. Meinrad’s review board deemed the allegations credible.
Kuper Raymond L. Evansville, IN At a Senate hearing in 2/19 a man testified that Kuper sexually abused him multiple times when the man was a 9-year-old student at Christ the King School. The diocese was reportedly notified about the allegations by the man’s family in 8/18. Kuper was pastor of the parish 1977-87. Assignments also included St. Agnes and Holy Rosary, and St. Bernard in Rockport. He was also superintendent of Rex Mundi High School at some point and diocesan superintendent 1972-77. Retired in 200. Died 11/13/12. Name not included on the diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Kurzendoerfer Mark Evansville, IN Accused of “improper physical relationship” with a 14-year-old boy in 1981. In 1998 he admitted to soliciting sex from his own 17-year-old nephew. Diocese did not tell authorities. Sent for treatment in 1998, reassigned in 1999. Info became public 2002 when nephew came forward after Kurzendoerfer was removed from parish. Sent for therapy again 2002 after violating restrictions. Moved to Nashville in 2002; worked there until 2004 when boss learned of his past. On diocese’s list 2/22/19. It notes four credible allegations and that he admitted to two. Laicized 11/1/09.
Schroeder Othmar H. Evansville, IN Died 2/16/88. Allegations of abuse by Schroeder 1947-75 at Holy Family parish were made public 8/18/07. Bishop Gettelfinger stated that he knew of allegations in 1996 but recently learned that the “scope is greater than we knew.” By 8/31/07 there were claims of abuse of at least 10 boys and girls. Schroeder began as a priest of the then-diocese of Indianapolis. His first parish was in Lawrence IN, near Cincinnati, now in the archdiocese of Indianapolis. On the diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Schroering Francis A. Evansville, IN In 2002 he was accused of fondling two girls in 1960s. Removed 6/02. Women were asked to meet with a psychologist who was to make a report to the diocesan review board. In 9/02 Review Board considered 1 claim & recommended that Schroering be “immediately” reinstated. Other claim not considered because girl was 18 at the time. Retired 6/03 due to “illness.” Died 6/1/05. At one parish, Mark Kurzendoerfer was his asst pastor.
Vogler Jean F. Evansville, IN Caught in a sting ordering child pornography for delivery to the Holy Rosary rectory, where he was pastor. Inspectors found 92 videos in a trunk in the rectory, many of them ‘extremely graphic and explicit child porn.’ Resigned 12/8/95; convicted and sent to prison for a year. As of 2008, Vogler was lead priest at Holy Trinity parish, director of diocese’s deacon program, and member of the priests’ council. Retired 9/2/11 per diocese website accessed 2/26/12. Allowed active ministry until removed 2/19/19, just before the diocese released its list of credibly accused clerics.On the diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Wildeman Richard J. Evansville, IN Removed 5/02 after admitting to bishop that allegations that he fondled a 16-year-old girl on several occasions over 20 years before were “substantially true.” Had been working in Haiti for 2 years; recalled to Evansville after woman notified the diocese. Left active ministry 5/28/02. In 3/04 he was living in Nashville, TN. Laicized 8/17/07. On the diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Woerdeman Robert Evansville, IN Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. One allegation noted, deemed credible by the St. Meinrad Archabbey Review Board. Woerdeman was laicized in 1975 and died in 2005.
Blume James R. Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN Originally a member of the Brs of Holy Cross; later ordained. Man filed suit 1991 alleging abuse from 1982-1985. Man originally complained in 1988 or 1989; Bishop forced Blume to resign in 1989 after he completed therapy. Suit settled 11/92. A second man filed suit in 1992 alleging abuse at different assignment from 1985-1987. Also worked in Milwaukee in 1970s. Laicized 6/23/07. Criminal charges filed 8/09. Convicted in WI 1/10; sentenced to 20 years’ prison. Appeal denied 11/12. On Ft. Wayne diocese list 9/18/18. Notes five credlble allegations.
Buescher Michael J. Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN First named publicly as accused on diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Noted to have six credible allegations against him. Removed from parish ministry 11/89. One accuser said he was age 12 when the abuse occurred in 1980 at St. Charles Borromeo in Fort Wayne. Buescher was laicized 5/14/91 and, at some point, moved to Indianapolis. Beginning in 2001 he worked as a vocational rehab counselor for Department of Veterans Affairs. Retired 9/28/18, ten days after accusations made public..
Burtchaell James T. Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN Burtchaell, a Notre Dame professor and former head of theology dept., resigned tenured position and position as Provost in 1991 after allegations by male students that he subjected them to sexual advances while counseling them. At least one allegation received in 1991 and another was rec’d “considerably before 1991.” As of 2003 he was living in Holy Cross priests’ residence in Phoenix without privileges. Died 4/10/15.
Carsten Brian Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN First named publicly as accused on diocese’s 9/18/18 list. One known credible allegation. “Terminated as Pastor and Resigned as Member of the Roman Catholic Church” 5/9/87. Laicized 6/23/07. Died 3/27/09.
Ehrman William J. Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN In 2002, woman alleged abuse by Ehrman as a girl beginning in 1953 or 1954. Her son said he reported the abuse in 1998 but diocesan officials claimed they never received it. Both mother and son met with officials again in 2002 but received no official response. Another woman said Ehrman exposed himself to her in 1968 and kissed her while another woman says he fondled her. In 11/02, Bishop D’Arcy admitted that accusations of abuse against Ehrman “appear to be credible.” Ehrman retired in 1970 and died 8/7/83. On diocese’s 9/18/18 list, noted to have eight credilbe allegations against him, received after his death.
Gieranowski William Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN First named publicly accused on diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Noted to have three credible allegations against him, all received after his death. Retired 7/82. Died 4/24/00.
Gillig John Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN First accused publicly on diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Noted to have nine credible allegations against him. Retired 4/88. Suspended from public ministry 3/25/02. Laicized 2/8/08. Died 7/27/11.
Hernandez Gabriel Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN First named publicly as accused in the diocese’s 9/18/18 list. One known credible allegation. Deacon. Dismissed from seminary 4/22/09. Laicized 2/25/10. On Columbus diocese’s list 3/1/19.
Krason Edward Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN Former principal of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fr. Wayne. First named publicly as accused on diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Two known credible allegations. Resigned as pastor 7/8/98. Ordered to cease all ministry 4/16/99. Retired 5/1/99. Faculties remoed 3/21/03. Ordered to live LIfe of Prayer and Penance 11/8/05. Died 3/25/13.
LeBrun Paul Francis Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN Arrested 2002. Accused of sexually abusing boys in the Ft. Wayne-South Bend IN diocese and the Phoenix AZ diocese. Denied the allegations. Transferred to Arizona in 1986. Returned to Indiana in 1993 and resigned from parish in 1999. Convicted in 2005 in AZ; sentenced in 2006 to 111 years in prison. Five lawsuits which name LeBrun as an abuser been settled by Phoenix Diocese for a total of $75,000. Conviction upheld by AZ Court of Appeals 7/09. Included on Ft. Wayne -South Bend diocese’s 9/18/18 list. One known allegation there.
Lombardi Thomas C. Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN Former principal of Huntington Catholic High School. Placed on leave 12/11 from assignment at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel parish in Fort Wayne after recent allegation that he had had “contact with a minor” about age 16 in approximately 1997. Lombardi was assigned to St. Louis Besancon from 1986 to July 1997. Police unable to investigate because no victim has come forward. Accuser wanted to remain anonymous. On diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Noted to have been removed from public ministry 8/9/15, with one credible allegation against him. Died 12/28/17.
Luczak Ralph Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN A woman said in 2003 that Luczak molested her at age 10 on several occasions in the summer of 1969 when her family was at grandmother’s lake house near a Holy Cross retreat house. Told mom who told doctor and police. Nothing done. Mom then told a priest and Luczak was sent to CA. Alleged victim thought he was going to monastery, but he was placed at a high school. Died at age 38 in 1970. Order says nothing in his personnel file regarding abuse. Added to diocese’s list in 6/19.
Mahoney Robert Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN Two men filed civil suits in 1992 and 1993 against diocese and Mahoney. First plaintiff claimed abuse 1981-83 as a child at an elementary school in South Bend; second claimed abuse 1970-72 at school in Mishawaka. Suits were dismissed 12/93 and 2/94 “with prejudice.” No reasons were provided. Resigned from ministry 6/15/93. Laicized 7/25/06. On diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Four known credible allegations.
Miller Elden Joseph Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN Retired 7/03. Removed from public ministry 12/18/06. Died in 7/26/08. Name released by Bishop Rhoades as accused in 8/18. In 2015 a 60-year-old woman told the diocese Miller sexually abused her over a 5-year period in the 1960s, beginning when she was age 6. Her grandmother was a housekeeper in the the St. Joseph rectory in Mishawaka. Per the diocese, there are credible allegations against Miller from three other people. On diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Noted on list to have two credible allegations.
Ryan Cornelius J. Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN Worked in Uganda and Kenya 1967-2002 where he was well-known soccer coach. Returned to Provincial House in South Bend in 2001. Removed without privileges 6/10/13 from Saint Joseph’s in Hessen Cassel after recent credible allegation that he had sexually abused a boy in Africa about 20 years previously. When confronted by the diocese, Ryan admitted the allegations were true.
Schutt Bruce A. Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN First publicly accused on Diocese’s 10/18 list. Abuse alleged in 1965 and 1974. Assigned to St. Monica in Mishawaka 1965-58, then moved to St. John the Baptist in Fort Wayne 1968. Worked for a few months in the Diocese of LaCrosse, WI. Dismissed from the clergy, per news report, in 1975.
Seculoff James F. Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN High school principal. Head of Catholic Schools beginning 1970. Resigned and retired 1/14 after diocese received complaint of sexual abuse of minor alleged to have occurred about 44 years before. Review Board deemed allegation credible. Matter referred to Rome. As of 1/27/14 three more accusers had come forward with credible allegations. Removed from public ministry 10/13/15. On diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Five known credible allegations.
Stieglitz Richard Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN Bishop forced Stieglitz to resign from Queen of Angels Parish in 12/93 after he adopted four Haitian youths in 1992. Also sued in 1994 by man who alleged sexual battery in 1980 when he worked at St. Jude Catholic School. Suit later dismissed on SOL. IAccused in 2010 of abuse of in 1975 while at South Bend Holy Family. Laicized 7/7/07 per 11/18/07 announcement. On diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Five known credible allegations.
Thompson Richard Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN First named publicly as accused on diocese’s 9/18/18 list. One known credible allegation. Resigned from active ministry 10/24/89. Laicized 7/25/06. Died 2015. Assigned to parishes in new Haven, Mishawaka and Geneva. Worked at Covenant House for runaway children in New York 1982.
Trepanier James, c.s.c. Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN First named publicly as accused on Ft. Wayne-South Bend’s 9/18/18 list. One known credible allegation. Faculties from diocese removed 10/18/02. Assignments included University of Portland OR, Holy Cross Mission House (Fatima), South Bend and Granger parishes, St. Mary’s Convent in Notre Dame.
Buczyna Joseph Gary, IN First named as accused publicly by Gary diocese on list released 8/27/18. Noted to have one allegation against him. Died 1/12/76.
Chase Terrence R. Gary, IN Placed on leave 4/15/10 after recent allegations that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in around 1991 while he was an associate priest at St. Patrick church in Chesterton. Chase denied the accusations in a written letter to parishioners. Diocesan response team said allegation appeared to have merit. Laicized 1/4/16. Name included on Gary list released 8/27/18.
Grass Donald C. Gary, IN In 12/03, Grass admitted molesting a preteen female parishioner at Holy Angels Cathedral in late 1960s and was placed on leave by diocese. Woman came forward to Diocese in 11/03 and review board investigated the allegations. Grass was in the hospital for cancer treatment when news broke. He was no longer allowed to live in his parish residence. Bishop said he believed that the girl was only victim of Grass. Had Monsignor status when he died 7/2/2010. Included on Gary list released 8/27/18.
Hutsko Basil Gary, IN Priest of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma. Assigned to St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Merrillville when placed on leave in 10/18. Had been accused in 2004 of abusing a girl between 1979 and 1983. Church investigated in 2004, said not enough evidence. Deemed credible in 2018.
Jercha Julian Gary, IN First named publicly as accused on Gary diocese list released 8/27/18. Noted to have three allegations against him. Died 6/27/87.
Jeziorski Louis Gary, IN First named publicly as accused by Gary diocese on list released 8/27/18. Noted to have three allegations against him. Died 4/6/73.
Kavungal George Gary, IN Native of India. Carmelite of Mary Immaculate (CMI) priest. Arrived in Gary 1978. First named publicly as accused on Gary diocese list released 8/27/18. Noted to have six allegations against him. Report to diocese in 3/02 of abuse by Kavungal in 1982. He was assigned 1981-84 to Ss. Peter and Paul in Merrillville. Returned to India by 11/85. Worked in schools 1991-2000. Went to Sweden 9/04, where a woman accused him of sexual harrassment; left Sweden 1/04. Moved to Kenya. Back to India 2005. Last known to be in India and removed from public ministry.
McGinnity Ambrose Gary, IN First named publicly as accused on Gary list released 8/27/18. Noted to have six allegations against him and removed from public ministry in 1993. Died 2/27/00.
Staniszewski Stanley Gary, IN Ordained in Warsaw Poland. Accused of sexual abuse per 7/07 news article. Worked in Gary diocese 1974-1983, Kalamazoo MI diocese 1994-1998. Also worked in Sioux Falls, SD diocese. Reportedly lived in Florida, no longer in active ministry. Named in 1 civil suit in Gary re abuse of boy at Casimir Catholic Church’s grade school 1979-1981. On Gary list released 8/27/18. Noted to have died 4/2/16.
Varga Stephen V. Gary, IN First named as accused on Gary list released 8/29/18. Noted to have one allegation against him and to have been laicized 1970. Went on to marry and have children. Longtime resident of Cedar Lake, IN. Died at age 82 7/12/06. First named as accused on Gary list released 8/29/18. Noted to have one allegation against him and to have been laicized 1970. Went on to marry and have children. Longtime resident of Cedar Lake, IN. Died at age 82 7/12/06.
Amsden Thomas J. Indianapolis, IN Resigned from ministry in 1995 to get married and start a family. Sued 2004 by one man who accused Amsden and another priest of abusing him in 1970s. Cleared by Review Board 3/06.
Beever Carlton J. Indianapolis, IN Sued 2004. Accused with another (former) priest of abuse of 1 youth from 1972-1977. Spent 18 months on leave before being cleared by Review Board and reinstated 3/06.
Belen Germain Indianapolis, IN Associate parish pastor in KY, WI, IN, NM, NE. Pastor in IN, OH, MI, GA. Per 2003 lawsuit, woman says Belen molested and raped her several times in 1970s when she was 5-10 yrs old, in Terre Haute. IN. Belen retired in 2001 after stroke. He claimed too much time had passed and matter should be handled by church rather than state. Belen died i12/11/04. Suit still active as of 2/07.
Blackwell William Leroy Indianapolis, IN Died in 1990. Accused in 2/04 civil suit of sexually abusing a boy at St. Mary School in late 1950s. Suit alleges abuse occurred at the school and on trips to home of Blackwell’s parents in Indianapolis. A 2nd civil suit filed 8/05 alleged that Blackwell abused another youth between 1956 and 1961 at places including St. Mary’s in sacristy and the rectory. On archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list. Noted to have eight victims, in 1958 and 1964-68.
Bockhold Edward Theodore Indianapolis, IN First accused publicly on archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list. Died 3/12/72. Abuse reported after his death of two minors, allegedly occurring 1949 and 1961. Was pastor 1938-1969 of Holy Trinity in Indianapolis.
Cambron Louis Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list. Noted to have two victims, alleged time of abuse 1978 and 1980. Resigned from the priesthood in 1985.
Charlton Jeffrey James Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have abused three minors, in 1982, 1984, 1986-87. Resigned from the priesthood in 1995. Laicized 11/17/14.
Curry Samuel Thomas Indianapolis, IN Two sisters filed suit in 1/04 alleging they were sexually abused for three years by Curry when they were ages 9-12 and 12-15. Assigned to Tell City, Indianapolis, Shelbyville parishes; pastor St. Jude in Spencer 1976-86. Transferred 1986 to Pensacola and Tallahasse FL diocese. Died 2/7/91. On archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. It notes seven known victims.
Daylor Ann Indianapolis, IN Accused in 2002 of one incident of sexual misconduct during the 1961-62 school year with a 10-year-old girl in a parish school in the Indianapolis archdiocese. Daylor was suspended. She denied the allegation and the complainant did not wish to file suit. In 1968 Daylor had returned to the Boston archdiocese, where she worked in parishes until her suspension.
Deery Albert Vincent Indianapolis, IN Accused of sexual abuse of both boys and girls 1948-1969. Died 8/25/72. First civil suit filed 2003. Eventually 23 plaintiffs participated. Suit dismissed on statute of limitations 6/03/06. Included on archdicoese’s list 10/12/18.
Doyle Patrick A. Indianapolis, IN Suspended in 9/18 after a report to the archdiocese of sexual misconduct, dating back several decades.The report was relayed to Indiana Child Protective Services. Assignments included teacher at Bishop Chatard High School, priest-moderator at St. Maurice in Napolean and pastor of Nativity parish in Indianapolis. On archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have one victim who was age 18 in 1987 “when at least the abuse occurred, but was a minor when the “emotional aspects of the relationship began.”
Emrich Jack F. Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list. Noted to have one accusation against him of abuse occuring in the 1970s. Removed from ministry 2003.
Evrard Donald J. Indianapolis, IN Removed as chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital after allegations that he sexually abused a young girl for 4 years beginning in 1974, when she was age 5. Accuser reached confidential settlement with Diocese in 12/97 for counseling and legal expenses. Included on archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list. Noted to have five victims, allegedly abused in 1977 and 1985. Evrard died in 12/27/08.
Harris Brennan Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on Indianapolis archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have one victim, abuse allegedly occurring in 1971. On Lake Charles diocese’s list 4/11/19; multiple victims noted, occurring 1983-87 in Lake Arthur, LA and Port Arthur, TX. Principal of St. Maria Goretti High School in Lake Arthur. Diocese received allegations 1991 and 1995. Removed from ministry by Order. Died 1993.
Kelley Michael (Micheal) H. Indianapolis, IN Accused in 1989 of abuse of a youth who had just turned 18. Had known the boy since he was a child. Youth reported it to Archdiocese immediately but nothing done. Complained again in 2002; Kelley sent to St. Luke’s in MD for treatment. Placed on leave 8/02. Diocesan investigation did not clear Kelley who did admit to misconduct with adults. On archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list. Noted to have two victims, allegedly abused in 1990 and 1992.
Knoth Bernard Indianapolis, IN Resigned in 2003 as president of Loyola University in New Orleans after allegations he sexually abused a student at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep in Indianapolis, where he was principal 1986-88. Prior to New Orleans Knoth worked at universities in Washington DC and Chicago. The abuse is alleged to have occurred in 1986. He denied it. Order deemed complaint credible. Privileges removed. As of 1/07 he was working in private business in Sarasota, FL. On Indianapolis archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have been ‘dispensed from the clerical state.’ On New Orleans archdiocese’s list 11/2/18.
Kos Joseph Stanley Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have three victims, allegedly abused in the mid-1980s. Died 8/9/00.
Kramer John Stanley Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Allegations reported after his death. Died 1/28/86. Noted to have one victim, abuse allegedly occurring 1947-52.
Kreis William Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have one victim, abuse allegedly occurring 1944-46. Kreis died 3/10/54. Allegation reported after his death.
Lynch Laurence Michael Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list. Noted to have one victim, allegedly abused 1972-73. Resigned form ministry 1979. Died 7/17/09.
Marcotte David J. Indianapolis, IN Suspended in 2/19 by the archdiocese after it received an allegation that Marcotte sexually abused a minor in 2016.
Maung John S. Indianapolis, IN Native of India. Worked in Burma and San Francisco, then Indianapolis beginning 1981. Incardinated 1986. Charged in 1998 with forgery and theft, accused of stealing around $14K from St. Joseph parish in Shelbyville. Charges dropped when he agreed to repay some of the money. Retired 2009. Suspension announced by the archdiocese 8/30/18 after it received an allegation that Maung abused a child 1993-97. Maung denied the allegation. Included on archdioces’s list 10/12/18.
Mergen Arthur Indianapolis, IN Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes two credible allegations. Left the diocese in 1988 withough the bishop’s permission. Died 12/14/94.
Miltz Karl Joseph Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have one victim, abuse allegedly occurring in 1974. Victim was age 18 at time of abuse, but was a minor “when at least the emotional aspects of the relationship began.” Removed from ministry in 1998, laicized 12/05.
Monroe Haorld Indianapolis, IN Moved serveral times over 10 years. Removed 1981 after woman complained of abuse of her son; “relieved” by Archbishop O’Meara in 1984. Youth whose mother reported the 1981 abuse died by suicide before age 20. Accused of abuse of many youths before 1984. Gave them marijuana and alcohol. Named in 13 suits filed 2005-2006. Admitted abuse of at least 5 in deposition. Diocese knew by 1976. One claim settled 5/10 for $199K. Original plaintiff settled 9/10. On archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list, with 16 victims noted and abuse occurring 1976-1982. Laicized 4/8/11.
O’Brien William Indianapolis, IN Sued 2003 by two brothers claiming O’Brien abused them 1951-1957. Died in 1967.
Okon Eugene Jack Indianapolis, IN Accused in 2002 of molesting two teenage brothers in the 1970s. Complaints had been made previously about abuse of one of the brothers; nothing done until second one came forward. Resigned from ministry in 2003 as part of settlement. Included on archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have four victims, allegedly abused in 1974. Died 11/29/12.
Ramos Ponciano M. Indianapolis, IN Native of Philippines. Pled guilty in 1993 to three misdemeanors in connection with strip-search of young boys in Indianapolis after they set off stink bombs in parish school. Sentenced to 18-month suspended sentence and 15 months probation. He was moved to Chicago and then to San Bernardino, CA diocese. Placed on leave 4/02. Again allowed to return to restricted duty with Order in 2003. Still priest in 2005.
Rudolf Roger Gerard Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list. Noted to have one victim, allegedly abused 1987-88. Removed 2002. Laicized 5/15.
Schaefers Thomas Aquinas Indianapolis, IN Report to the diocese in 2010 that Schaefers abused a male minor in the early 1940s, when pastor of St. Benedict. Died 5/22/42, age 53.
Schmitt Frederick Adam Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on the archdicoese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have three victims, allegedly abused 1973-74. Died 12/30/88. Abuse reported after his death.
Schoettelkotte John Bernard Indianapolis, IN Accused in 2002 civil suit of abuse of a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s. Removed from ministry 2003. Suit settled 6/05 in exchange for publishing statements from plaintiff and Archbishop Buechlein in the archdiocesan newspaper. At least one other woman alleged abuse. Included on archdiocese’s 10/12/18 list. Noted to have five victims, allegedly abused 1964-67.
Shanahan James Joseph Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have one victim, abuse allegedly occurring 1958. Shanahan died 11/14/92. Allegations reported after his death.
Smith Myles Hale Patrick Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have three victims, allegedly abused 1976-1988. Pastor of St. John the Apostle in Bloomington 1982-95. Removed from ministry 2003. Died 5/2/12.
Stewart Jonathan L. Indianapolis, IN Woman filed suit 3/04 on behalf of her 17-year- old son. Stewart allegedly molested the boy at ages 7 to 13 from 1993 through 1999. Restricted ministry after allegations received 2/01. Removed from ministry 2003. Church investigation continued. Church denied it knew abuse continued through 1999. Plaintiff’s attorney said social workers at Family Social Services found evidence of the abuse. Jury awarded $155K in damages 4/25/08. On archdiocese’s list 10/12/18.
Ziemer George Peter Indianapolis, IN First named publicly as accused on archdiocese’s list 10/12/18. Noted to have one victim, abuse allegedly occurring 1955-57. Ziemer died 4/26/80. Allegations reported after his death.
Bohlinger Kenneth Lafayette, IN Removed from public ministry 8/88 after report to diocese of past abuse of a young relative. Admitted he took boys from church on camping trips, supplied alcohol and porn, and played sex games with them. Sent to treatment. Said he quit abusing in 1986. Admitted being addicted to children. Moved to AZ. Laicized 3/27/09. On diocese’s list 9/28/18.
Colletti Joseph A. Lafayette, IN On diocese’s list 9/28/18 of those accused of sex abuse of minors. Removed from public ministry 7/90. Faculites removed 2004. Went on to be priest in the “Old Catholic” church, which is not part of the Roman Catholic church. in Orange, CA. Diocese sent alert to USCCB regarding Colletti in 2016, after discovering he was presenting himself as a priest in Chicago and Southern CA.The USCCB then alerted all U.S. dioceses. In process of being removed from clergy by the Vatican in 10/18.
Eder Donald Lafayette, IN Eder was subject of sexual harassment lawsuit filed in 1997 by female coworker which the Diocese settled in 1998. Eder sent for counseling for alcohol-related problems per 1998 article. Eder’s niece also told Diocese in 1995 and 2002 that he had fondled her several times as a child. Active priest as of 6/07 but is shown as “retired” by 11/10.
Esser Gilbert F., c.pp.s. Lafayette, IN Named as accused on the Lafayette IN diocese’s list 9/28/18. Taught Latin and Greek at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer for almost thirty years. Hospital chaplain in Detroit. Died 5/15/79.
Grear James Lafayette, IN Named as an abuser of a boy in 10/20/11 civil suit. Abuse allegedly began in 1975 when the boy attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish and school. Grear was dean of students at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep. Petition says there were other victims before and after plaintiff was abused. Accused in 9/18 suit of abuse of boy at a Catholic youth rally at Mount Carmel in 1982. Accuser said he told Bishop Gallagher in confession at his parish the following week, who told him to forget about it, to ask God to forgive him, and not to tell anyone else. Two more men filed suits in 11/18, alleging Grear abused them as boys. On diocese’s list in 9/18. He had been removed from public ministry in 10/01 and priestly faculties removed.
Kilcline Frank Lafayette, IN On diocese’s list 10/1/18 of those accused of child sex abuse. Removed from public ministry 7/12. Laicization in process.
Kohne Ambrose Lafayette, IN Died 4/4/64. On diocese’s list 10/1/18 of those accused of child sex abuse. Allegation received 8/18.
Moran Robert E. Lafayette, IN Accused by a priest of taking sexual advantage of him during counseling session when accuser was 19 yr old college student. Youth’s father was dying and mother was drinking. They went on to have 15 yr sexual relationship which ended in 1994 when accuser told therapist about it and learned he had been exploited. Moran went to therapy and was reassigned. Still active in 2005. Accuser left priesthood.
Sego Arthur A. Lafayette, IN Per a 1995 civil suit, Sego abused a girl when she was in elementary school 27 years prior. Suit dismissed on SOL. Admitted exposing himself to one young girl and having another undress and dance for him. Removed from ministry 1994. Lived under restrictions in priest retirement home near St. Louis until death 9/7/98. Abuse allegations involve young girls, teenagers, and pregnant girls. Lived and traveled with Bishop Higi for many years. On diocese’s list 9/28/18.
Tracey Donald Lafayette, IN Accused of sexual misconduct with high school and college students. Also identified as having sexually abused a teenager who later became priest. Tracey was fired from job at Lafayette Central Catholic High School in early 1980s for abusing male student in incident involving alcohol. Was retired when he died 6/4/89. On diocese’s list 9/28/18.
Voss Ronald J. Lafayette, IN Accused of sexually abusing 8-9 teenage boys; resigned ministry in 1993 and moved to Haiti. May have functioned as priest there as late as 1997. One youth died of heart attack after revealing abuse. Laicized in 1998. In 2004 Voss was running Visitation House in Port au Prince–a guest facility for those who come to Haiti to aid the poor. Living as of 7/08 on Abaco in the Bahamas. On Lafayette IN diocese’s list 9/28/18.
Wieber Raymond H. Lafayette, IN Accused of sexually abusing male teens. Lawsuit (later dropped) claimed Wieber used alcohol and LSD in repeated and systematic sex abuse 1969-70. Ran a popular youth program during the 1970s. Warnings about his character were noted in his personnel file before ordination, but no efforts to supervise him. Granted leave 11/92. Died 8/17/93. On diocese’s list 9/28/18. Accused of sexually abusing male teens. Lawsuit (later dropped) claimed Wieber used alcohol and LSD in repeated and systematic sex abuse 1969-70. Ran a popular youth program during the 1970s. Warnings about his character were noted in his personnel file before ordination, but no efforts to supervise him. Granted leave 11/92. Died 8/17/93. On diocese’s list 9/28/18.

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