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Iowa Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Iowa Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Iowa 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.

Bass Francis E. Davenport, IA Accused of abusing many boys and sharing his victims with Revs Janssen, Geerts, and James W Murphy. Trained at Kenrick Seminary in St Louis (as did they), Bass was Director of Vocations and on Personnel Board for 15 years. Dean of Grinnell deanery for a year. Chaplain at Ottumwa Heights College. Bishop Hayes first learned Bass was connected with Janssen’s abuse of children in 1958. The earliest alleged abuse by Bass that is known dates to late 1950s. Set to retire in 1992 when diocese received allegation preserved in file. A 1974 allegation was not included in the released file. Accused by 2 alleged victims of taking them to the Cook County Morgue; alleged to have brought victims to his family farm in NE. First suit filed 2003. Settlements in 2004 and 2006. As of 11/2/12, the diocese stated Bass was accused of abusing 18 male minors. Requested that Bass be laicized but announced on 1/18/05 that the CDF had ordered him to live a life of prayer and penance. Died 9/18/14.
Bongers Herman Davenport, IA Accused in 2005 of abuse of 5 youths at St. Vincent’s orphanage in 1966. Died 1971. Case settled 2/17/06. Earliest known abuse was 1948.
Bonn John L. Davenport, IA Accused of fondling a girl age 4 in her bedroom in 1969 and once again in the next 5 years. Revs Michael Broderick and William Dawson also accused. Settlement in the Davenport bankruptcy. Review board reportedly considered allegations credible. Diocese refused to list the names of these 3 and 15 other priests on their site. Bankruptcy Court ruled in her favor in 8/12; 3 names posted separately from main list. Bonn taught at Boston College; was WWII Navy chaplain in Ottumwa IA. Died 1/17/75.
Broderick Michael J. Davenport, IA Accused of abusing a girl age 4 to 9 in 1969-1974 when he was pastor at St Joseph in Hill IA. Revs John Bonn SJ and William Dawson also accused. Settlement in the Davenport bankruptcy. Review board reportedly considered allegations credible. Diocese refused to list the names of these 3 and 15 other priests on their site. Bankruptcy Court ruled in her favor in 8/12; 3 names posted separately from main list. Died 9/24/84.
Brugman Bernard Davenport, IA Name appears on 7/08 Diocesan Review Board list of clergy “credibly acused” of sexual abuse. One man alleged abuse in 1963 with he was a minor. Died 1965.
Conrad Sylvester A. Davenport, IA Name appears on 7/08 Diocesan Review Board list of clergy “credibly acused” of sexual abuse. Allegations involved abuse of a minor female in early 1960s. Died 10/03.
Dawson William F. Davenport, IA As part of Davenport Diocese bankruptcy, woman alleged abuse as a minor by Dawson and two other priests. Review board reportedly told her the allegations were credible and she received a settlement. Diocese refused to list the names of these 3 and 15 other priests on their website, saying the allegations were not proven. Woman filed motion in Bankruptcy Court 7/19/12 to force addition of the 3 names to Diocese’s public list and in 8/12 Court ruled in her favor. Dawson died 12/13/11.
DeCoursey Orville Davenport, IA Name appears on 7/08 Diocesan Review Board list of clergy “credibly acused” of sexual abuse At one time he worked with Francis Janssen. Allegations involved abuse of 4 minor males. Earliest claimed abuse was 1945. Died 1964.
Deyo Paul A. Davenport, IA Placed on leave in 2003 after accusation of abuse of 1 youth in Johnson County in 1998. Allegation not made public until 2004. Diocese considered allegations credible. Voluntarily laicized 5/06. Name appeared on Diocese’s 7/08 list of “credibly accused” priests. Total of 3 accusers with earliest claimed abuse 1983.
Diamond Martin J. Davenport, IA Accused in 1/03 suit of abuse of boy in 1967-70 at St. Peter’s in Keokuk, starting when boy was 8. Spent 2 years at the same parish, but then was a hospital chaplain for most of the 1930s. After more parish work, he was Army Reserve chaplain 1942-46 and then a hospital chaplain again. After more parish work he died 6/11/89. Suit dismissed because of Diamond’s death and lack of evidence that diocese knew. Not on 7/08 list of credibly accused priests. Review Board found allegations not credible 11/03.
Embrich (Emrich) Daniel K. Davenport, IA Embrich was a teaching Brother at Holy Catholic School, an elementary school. Charged with touching inner thigh of girl in 1985-1986. Complaints also received from other children at school. Embrich was suspended from duties by his Order in 1988. Foundnot guilty by jury trial in 1989.
Feeney Thomas J. Davenport, IA Sued at least twice. Accused of abuse in 1950s-1960s. Former vicar general of diocese. Died 1981. Diocese admitted in 5/06 that allegations were credible. Four additional suits filed 5/06. Civil trial began in 9/06 in a suit filed in 2005. Man testified that Feeney abused him for 6 years, beginning when he was about age 6. Jury awarded Plaintiff $1.5M. Total of 15 accusers known with earliest date of abuse 1957.
Forrester John C. (Fidelis) Davenport, IA Listed on the Davenport IA Diocese’s 7/08 list. Credible allegations against him involving 3 minor males beginning in 1955. Several 2002 & 2003 suits in Seattle accused Forrester of abuse of boys in mid-1970s on church outings and overnight trips. Worked in Seattle archdiocese 1971-79. Died in 2002. Seven plaintiffs participated in $2.6M settlement in 2005 re St. Benedict’s Abbey, Kansas City KS archdiocese. Also settlement 11/06 re Seattle claims. New suit 12/10. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Another settlement announced,by Seattle archdiocese 11/18.
Geerts Theodore Anthony Davenport, IA Accused of sexually abusing boys with Janssen, Bass, and James W. Murphy in early 1960s. Pornography was allegedly used. Left active priesthood in 1969. Sued 2003. Accused of abuse. Default judgment granted against Geerts in 12/03. Died 2004. At least three known accusers.
Hackett Thomas E. Davenport, IA Hackett is shown on the Davenport Diocese’s Creditors Committee website (in 2007) as having credible allegations against him. Name also appears on Diocese’s list of “credibly accused” abusers 7.10.08. Accused of abuse of 3 minor males beginning in 1940s. Died in 1951.
Harness H. Robert Davenport, IA Temporarily removed by diocese 4/22/13 pending investigation by County Attorney and diocese of allegations that he had inappropriately touched a minor in approx. 1990 while at St. Mary’s in Keota, Sts. Peter and Paul in Clear Creek and St. Elizabeth in Harper. He was pastor of Holy Family in Davenport when he was removed. Allegation was received approx. 4-5 days before he was removed. Reinstated by diocese 5/23/13 after investigator did not substantiate the allegation.
Hines Joseph P. Davenport, IA Hines is shown on the Davenport Diocese’s Creditors Committee website (in 2007) as having credible allegations against him. From 1970-1980 he served as Dean of Keokuk. Died 5/92. Name NOT on Diocese’s 7/08 list of “credibly accused” abusers. In 11/08, a Review Board found him guilty of sexual abuse of children.
Janssen James M. Davenport, IA Accused of sexually assaulting 36 youths over three decades, beginning in 1953. Often interacted with other abusers. Used pornography. Placed on leave 1990, retired from active ministry in 1991, laicized in 2004. Sued in 2003. 37 allegations settled for $9M. Ordered to spend 6 mo. in jail for contempt of court 1/08 and in 7/08 was charged with 3 counts of perjury. Rec’d 2 yrs probation for perjury 6/09. Personnel files released 4/30/14 claim he also abused at least one individual while serving in Hinsdale, IL, art of Joliet diocese. Living at motel in Bettendorf, IA as of 5/14. Claims he is dying of lung cancer at age 90. Janssen died 6/10/15.
Kalter Raymond C. Davenport, IA Accused in 2005 of abuse in 1959 at St. Alphonsus Parish in Davenport. Died 1977. One claim settled by Diocese 2/06 as part of settlement re 4 priests. Name had not been previously released because he was dead and could not defend himself. Name appeared on Diocese’s 7/10/08 list of “credibly accused” abusers. Total of 3 accusers known. Earliest claimed abuse was in 1950s.
Kennedy John T. Davenport, IA Name appears on 7/08 Diocesan Review Board list of clergy “credibly acused” of sexual abuse. Accused of abuse of 2 minor males and a minor female. Earliest claimed date of abuse was 1960. Died in 1989.
Kerrigan William J. Davenport, IA Accused of abusing a female minor beginning in 1954, when Kerrigan was the chaplain of Ottumwa Heights College, where he also taught, and pastor of St. Mary’s in Eddyville. Laicized in 1975. Died in 1988.
Kieffer Placidus Davenport, IA Accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in 1963 in the Davenport diocese. Also worked in the Kansas City KS archdiocese. Died 1990 (not 1984 as one article said). Allegations have been deemed credible. Name is on Diocese’s 7/08 list of “credibly accused” abusers. Two known accusers per 2008 article.
Lawrence James T. Davenport, IA Accused of sexually abusing a female minor in the early 1960s, when Lawrence was working at St. Anthony’s in Knoxville. Retired in 1975. Died in 2008.
Leu James E. Davenport, IA Accused in 1989 of systematically abusing 2 altar boys 1985-89. Pled guilty, convicted 1989, sentenced to 2 years. Worked with credibly accused priest Francis Bass. Bishop O’Keefe was deposed. Name appeared on Diocese’s 7/10/08 list of “credibly accused” abusers. Died 2/4/13.
Martinez, Jr. Frank R. Davenport, IA Accused of propositioning a 15-year-old boy in a motel room in 1986. Boy told parents and civil suit filed. It settled for approx. $22,500. Placed on leave 1987. Diocese asked Vatican to laicize him but Vatican ruled he was entitled to a church trial.Laicized in 2008. Also worked in Springfield IL and Rochester NY dioceses.
Meinberg Carl H. Davenport, IA Civil suit filed 5/22/06 alleges abuse of 1 youth at St. Mary’s parish in Iowa City in the 1940s. Meinberg was a diocesan consultor from 1948-1967 and dean of Iowa City from 1960-1957. Died in 1975. 2/10/08 article refers to 4 known accusers from St. Mary’s parish. Name is on Diocese’s 7/08 list of “credibly accused” abusers.
Poster Richard J. Davenport, IA Pled guilty 2003 and sentenced in 2004 to 1 year prison for possession of child pornography after images of boys and adolescent males engaged in sex acts were found on his church computer. Matter sent to the Vatican. Poster arrested 9.20.06 on allegations that he violated his parole by being near children. Must serve 2 months in jail. Laicization announced 9/07. Name NOT on diocese’s 7/08 list of credibly accused priests.
Quillen Bro. Mark/Fr. Andrew Davenport, IA Named as credibly accused on the Davenport IA Diocese Creditors Committee website 8/07. A man alleged abuse by Bro. Quillen and another religious brother in Fall, 1977 when the man was a minor seminary student. He said he told Bishop O’Keefe in 1977, but nothing done. Quillen was ordained in 1990 for the Benedictines and changed his name to Fr. Andrew Quillen. Name (Bro. Mark) on Davenport’s 7/08 list of credibly accused. Notes 1 minor accuser and 1 adult accuser. Davenport diocese didn’t add his new name (Fr. Andrew) until confronted by investigative reporters in 10/18. Sent to treatment in 2003 by Benedictines, then put on “safety plan.” Living at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA, without faculties.
Redmond Donald Davenport, IA Placed on leave in 2/02 after allegations that he abused at least one child in Iowa in the 1960s. At least three more victims from a parish in the Kansas City KS archdiocese came forward after his suspension. Complaints involved inappropriate touching of elementary school children 1961-64. Sent to live at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison. On the Kansas City KS archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring 1960-68.
Shafer Drake R. Davenport, IA Sued 2003, when he was vicar general. Accused of sexually abusing a male minor in 1973 or 1974. Denied the charge, but wrote email to the victim in 2002 that was an “admission of serious misconduct.” Suit settled 4/05. Claims against Diocese were settled fall, 2004 as part of large settlement. He asked to be reinstated as VG. Name NOT on Diocese’s 7/08 list of credibly accused priests. Review board (and secret Vatican court??) found him NOT guilty of abuse 11/08. He was reinstate.
Skube Francis Davenport, IA Name appears on the Davenport Diocese Creditors Committee Website as having credible allegations of abuse against him. Two men say they were 17-18 yr old students in Skube’s small order when he abused one and beat the other. Both personally told BishopO’Keefe in 1977 but nothing done.
Smith Eugene Davenport, IA Per 11/08 articles, Smith was accused of abuse by a female minor in approximately 1963. He was laicized by the Vatican in 1981. Diocese announced 11/3/08 that it had added him to list of priests credibly accused of abuse.
Soens (Bp). Lawrence D. Davenport, IA Initially accused of abuse of 3 youths in 1960s. 1 claim settled for $20K in 2004. 2 suits pending as of 5/06. 7 new suits filed 5/06. Apparently 1 new suit with 13 plaintiffs filed 8/06 alleging abuse from 1959-1967. In 2/06 diocese investigative panelfound behavior may have been inappropriate, but did not appear to be sexual. Name NOT on list released by Diocese 7/08 but Review Board found him guilty of sexual abuse 11/3/08. 31 total accusers. 12 cases dismissed 5/09. Current whereabouts unknown 6/11.
Stack John J. Davenport, IA Both Diocese and medical center temporarily removed Stack from position as Chaplain at Mercy Medical in Clinton 4/22/13 while County Attorney and Diocese conducted investigation of allegations that he inappropriately touched minors in late 1980s. Was parochial vicar at Holy Family in Davenport during that time frame. Last parish assignment apparently ended June 2006 per Diocesan assignment list. Investigation still underway 5/23/13. Announcement 6/17/16 that Vatican determined charges were “not proven,” without a finding of innocence or guilt. Bishop Amos to reassign Stack.
Stouvenel Gerald E. Davenport, IA Placed on leave 7/07 after allegations by 4 people that he sexually molested them when they were minors more than 30 years previously. No criminal charges filed (SOL). As of 2/08 Review Board recommended laicization and Bishop agreed to petition Vatican. Name added to Diocese list of credibly accused priests 5/09. Review Board found him guilty 11/08. Vatican has decreed a life of prayer and penance but no laicization. Living at Chancery as of 6/11.
Telegdy Louis A. Davenport, IA Accused in 2004 civil suit of abuse of 13 yr old youth between 1957-1959. Case settled 2005. Also worked in many other dioceses. Name is on Diocese’s 7/08 list of “credibly accused” abusers and Davenport reported three known accusers. Also spent time in Dodge City KS diocese 1966-1968. Died 1995.
Wagner Alphonse Davenport, IA Name appears on 7/08 Diocesan Review Board list of clergy credibly accused”of sexual abuse. Accused of abuse of two male minors beginning in 1969. Died 1974. On Green Bay diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse, occurring 1944-65. Ordained for Green Bay, On sick leave with permission to serve in the Davenport diocese 1966-74.
Welsh Richard J. Davenport, IA Welsh is shown on the Davenport Diocese’s Creditors Committee website (in 2007) as having credible allegations against him. Name appears on 7/08 Diocesan Review Board list of clergy “credibly acused” of sexual abuse. Accused of abuse of 6 male minors,beginning in 1962. Died 1971.
Wiebler William F. Davenport, IA Accusations of abuse reported to church 1970s-1980s. Retired 1991. Several suits. Some claims in Davenport’s 2004 settlement. One mediated to $180K settlement. Ordered by bishop him to Vianney Renewal center in 2002; left 2004, refused to return. Laicized 5/06. Suit by 12 more plaintiffs filed 5/06. Also worked in Jackson MS diocese. Died 9/06. Diocese acknowledged total of 29 accusers. On Jackson diocese’s list 3/19/19.
Brickley John J. Dubuque, IA 1999 lawsuit alleging Brickley abused a man from 1966-1971 (beginning when the man was 8 yrs old) settled in 2000. Another man said that Brickley abused him at age 12 and that he complained to archbishop at some time after 1994. Brickley placed on leave in 1998 and died same year. At least 1 claim included in $2.6 mil settlement with Archdiocese 3/07
Carman Albert Dubuque, IA Accused of abusing a young teen at Loras Academy, Dubuque, in 1954. Died in 1980. Claims included in Feb. 2006 settlement with diocese. At least one more claim of abuse between 1965-1966 included in $4.7 mil settlement with Archdiocese in March 2008 re 9 priests.
Cigrand Nicholas Dubuque, IA A man filed suit in 2004 alleging abuse 1965-1968 when he was an altar boy. Archdiocese did not consider accusations true. The lawsuit was dismissed on motion for summary judgment. Iowa Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff’s appeal in 4/07. Cigrand died in 1976.
DeVenney Timothy Dubuque, IA Accused of abuse of several minor boys from 1993 -1996 during his first assignment as a priest. Suspended in 1996. Pled guilty in 1997 and sentenced to 10 yrs in prison. Released from prison on parole 12/01 and was living outside Washington DC in residence run by a religious order. At least 1 claim settled in $2.6M settlement with Archdiocese 3/07. Another included in 3/08 settlement. Laicization announced 12/08.
Dunkel Henry N. Dubuque, IA Accused of abuse of several girls (including his own nieces) in 1947-1948 during his first assignment. He retired in 1990. Diocese learned of abuse in 1992 and Dunkel’s priestly activities were restricted. Died 1998. At least one accuser settled in 1993 under a gag order. She and two others filed suit in 2002 to void the gag orders. That case was dismissed in 2004.
Fitzgerald Michael C. Dubuque, IA Accused in 1999 of taking part in an inappropriate chat on the Internet with a person he thought was a 13-year-old boy. Instead, it was a law enforcement email sting. Removed by diocese and sent for therapy. Diocese was going to return him to a parish assignment but changed mind after he was later accused of having oral sex with a 12 yr old boy. Died in car crash 10/01. Was training to be hospital chaplain at the time of his death.
Forster Albert J. Dubuque, IA Accused of abuse of several boys in 1960s. Died 1990. Named in at least 2 civil suits filed against diocese in 2004. Suits settled in 2004 and 2005.
Goltz William A. Dubuque, IA Accused of abuse of minor boys. 3 lawsuits filed 2005. Earliest alleged abuse was in 1950s. Former Archbishop Binz apparently held formal church trial, removd Goltz from active priesthood, and sent him for therapy over a 12 yr period. He was then reassigned to active priesthood for 18 yrs (abused again) and retired in 1991. In 1992, the Vatican removed his privileges and, in 2005, ordered him to live a life of prayer and penance. Died 1/06.. Claims included in 2/06 settlement. Another claim settled 3/08.
Graff Peter M. Dubuque, IA One claim against Graff was included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims. Man alleged he had been abused in 1940s when he was a parishioner. Review board was unable to determine the credibility of the allegation. Graff died 4/8/76.
Knox Thomas Dubuque, IA Accused of abuse at Sacred Heart, Oelwein, during the early 1950s via letter to the editor 1/06. Writer said he notified Archdiocese in 2003 and that the Archdiocese knew of other accusations. Wrote because name not originally included in list of abusive priests in Dubuque. Died 1968.
McElliott Patrick Dubuque, IA Sued in 2005. Accused of abuse of at least 5 girls in the 1960s. He took nude pictures of at least 1 girl. Claims settled as part of $5M settlement with Archdiocese in 2006. Died 11/14/87. At least 1 more claim included in $2.6 mil settlement with Archdiocese 3/07and at least one more in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims. .
McLaughlin William G. Dubuque, IA McLaughlin, who died in 1993, has been accused of sexual abuse of one female minor. The woman, now an adult, says she believes that there were other victims. Claim settled in January 2008. McLaughlin’s name added to the Archdiocese’s table of accused priests in April, 2008.
Olinger Julius Dubuque, IA Accused of abuse at St. Mary, New Hampton, 1957-1958. Included in settlement of Feb. 2006 but no suit actually filed. He died in 1993.
Patnode Joseph I. (not John) Dubuque, IA In 2003 man says he and at least 9 other other teenage boys were sexually abused by Patnode in the 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s.. Patnode was removed from his parish assignment and transferred to Sisters of Mercy Novitiate in Iowa in 1951. Retired 1964, died 12/30/77. At least 1 claim included in $2.6M settlement with Archdiocese 3/07.and at least 1 in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.
Peters John Dubuque, IA Accused of abusing male minors at St. Joseph, Harpers Ferry, in 1962. Sued in Federal court in 2004. Suit alleged abuse of one youth in 1962. In 2005 Diocese requested that suit be dismissed on statute of limitations. He died in 1997.
Reed John T. Dubuque, IA At least 1 claim against Reed is included in March 2008 $4.7 mil settlement with Debuque diocese re claims against 9 priests. Abuse occurred at St. Mary Parish in Dubuque in 1963-64. Reed died 4/16/76..At least one more included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.
Reiss Robert J. Dubuque, IA Accused of abuse in 1970s. Laicized in Sept. 1997. Died in Mexico 2/3/05; apparently murdered. No civil suit filed but claims were including in the Feb. 2006 settlement by the diocese. At least one claim included in $4.7 mil 3/08 settlement with archdiocese re abuse by 9 priests. At least one more claim included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.
Riley Leo P Dubuque, IA Accused on 12/10/14 of sexually abusing a 4th grade altar boy in Dubuque IA starting in 10/85 at morning Mass. A 2/18/15 letter by Dubuque Archbishop Jackels about allegation was reprinted in the 3/1/15 bulletin of the parish where the abuse is alleged to have been committed, after archdiocese received the accuser’s lawsuit on 2/10/15 and the review board deemed the allegation “not manifestly false or frivolous” on 2/11/15. Preliminary investigation began then. Riley worked in 16 Dubuque parishes since 1982; transferred to Venice FL diocese in 2002. Placed on temporary leave by Venice Bishop Dewane sometime between 1/4/15 and 1/11/15, pending the results of Dubuque’s investigation. Riley “strenuously denies” the allegation. Jackels announced 7/12/15 that his investigation did not find the allegation to be true; survivor stated inquiry was incomplete. Riley reportedly passed a polygraph test. He was reinstated, took a leave, and then returned to St Peter the Apostle in Naples in 10/15.
Roach William Dubuque, IA Sued 2004. Accused of abuse of 2 youth in Cedar Rapids in 1962 and one in Key West in 1967. Roach was former vicar general of the diocese and also former chancellor. Died in 1986 in alcohol-related auto accident. Claims settled by Diocese in Feb. 2006 as part of $5 mil settlement with 20 individuals.
Saunders Robert J. Dubuque, IA Died in July 2007 at age 92. At about the same time, Archdiocese revealed that Saunders had been accused of abuse of several minor girls at Temple Hill and in Norway Iowa, sometime during the years 1959 to 1973. At least one claim included in 3/08 $4.7 mil settlement with Archdiocese re abuse by 9 priests.
Schmitt Allen M. Dubuque, IA Schmitt placed on leave 3/02 after man sent email to Archdiocese saying that Schmitt abused him in 1978 in Cedar Rapids. Schmitt admitted to the behavior when confronted by Archbishop. 2nd allegation received 4/02 concerning abuse in 1974. Works at Archdiocesan Center in Dubuque. At least 1 claim included in $2.6M settlement with Archdiocese 3/07 and another in 3/08 $4.7M settlement re 9 priests. Also at least one in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.
Schmitz John A. Dubuque, IA Sued 2005. Woman accused him of abuse in 1959 when she was a child. Schmitz died 1991. Parishioners had complained about his financial skills, his relationship with adult woman in 1982 and inappropriate behavior with minor girls. Sent to Paracletes. Archbishop did not accept him back as priest. Arrived in San Bernardino Diocese 1/83. Back in Iowa by 1985 without privileges; sued for relationship with married woman. San Diego & Dubuque personnel filed released 10/25/10.On San Bernardino diocese’s list 10/9/18.
Schmitz Josephine Dubuque, IA Accused of abusing a boy in the early 1960s, starting at age 9. Schmitz aka Sister Mary Philip is accused of repeatedly keeping the boy after class at a Dubuque parish school, laying on top of him, and tongue-kissing him. She also worked in the Sioux City IA diocese and the Chicago IL archdiocese and is now retired. The Dubuque archdiocese found the allegation not sustained (choices were: unfounded, exonerated, not sustained, sustained) although their investigator found it credible.
Schwartz William T. Dubuque, IA Accused of abuse of youths in 1960s and 1970s. Laicized 11/05. 1 lawsuit filed 2004 settled in 2005 for $100K. 3 plaintiffs settled 2/06 as part of settlement re several priests. Settled with Schwartz in 4/06. At least 1 more claim included in $2.6M settlement with Archdiocese 3/07. 3 cases were included in 01/08 settlement with Diocese but are still pending against Schwartz individually. At least one more included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.
Showalter Norbert F. Dubuque, IA Died 12/31/71. Name included on the diocese’s list updated 9/13/18. The diocese received an accusation in 2015 that Showalter sexually abused male minors. In a letter published 5/22/15 in the Telegraph Herald, a man alleged that Showalter sexually abused him over a two-year period, beginning when the man was age 14 in 1954, at St. Mary’s in Lamont.
Soppe Dale Dubuque, IA Soppe, a teacher and former seminary student who left teaching to become a therapist, was charged 5/06 in WI with molesting a former student 50-100 times in 1968 and 1969. Abuse alleged to have occurred in Iowa and in WI. Pleaded guility 7/08 in WI and sentenced to 2 yrs probation (w/ 60 days jail) and $1,000 fine. Soppe also said he was also abused by priests as a child. In 12/08 Court ordered him to pay $14,500 restitution to plaintiff for counseling. Registered sex offender. in WI but lives in Iowa.
Swift Robert V. Dubuque, IA A man notified a newspaper in 1/06 that he was abused by Swift at age 13. Also accused of abusing several other boys in early 1950s. Died 08/20/80. At least one claim included in 3/08 $4.7M settlement with the archdiocese re abuse by 9 priests. At least one more included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.
Wendling Louis E. Dubuque, IA One claim against Wendling is included in March 2008 $4.7M settlement with Dubuque re claims against 9 priests. One woman claimed she was abused by Wendling in 1947. Diocesan review board and Abp. Hanus decided allegation had not been substantiated. Died 9/25/69. At least one more claim included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.
Wunder Louis W. Dubuque, IA Two claims against Wunder were included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims. Earliest claimed abuse occurred in 1960s, apparently during his assignments in Clear Lake and/or Dubuque. Served at Sacred Heart in Waterloo from 1969-75 and on faculty at Columbus High School from 1974 through 1975. Died 01/28/90. At least 1 claim included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.
Connelly Paul Des Moines, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 4/4/19. One allegation noted of abuse of a female, received in 2006, occurring in about 1964. Died 2007.
Fitzgerald Howard E. Des Moines, IA Removed without privileges from his assignments at Simpson College, St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Indianola and Immaculate Conception in St. Marys 6/30/14 after Diocese declared decades-old child sex abuse allegation to be credible. On diocese’s list 4/4/19. It notes two allegations received of abuse of males in the late 1970s-late 1980s. Laicized.
Hobt Phillip Des Moines, IA Placed on leave 2/07 after allegation that he sexually abused a former student at St. Albert School. Law enforcement officials notified. Hobt began working at the school in 1995. In 4/07, diocese reported that the allegations were credible and that Hobt had begun the process to voluntarily ask the Vatican to be laicized. Laicized 2007. On diocese’s list 4/4/19.
Kenkel Leonard A. Des Moines, IA Taught at Dowling Catholic 27 years. Allegation in 2003 of “decades-old” abuse, but insufficient evidence to conclude sex abuse, per diocese in 2018. Accused in 2005 suit of kneading and fondling the buttocks of 15-year-old boy at a diocesan high school, and of exposing himself to the boy while talking about “receiving the Body of Christ.” Suit filed after diocesan board determined insufficient evidence. Board recommended Kenkel take “appropriate boundaries” training, which he did. Kept in parish ministry. Retired 2008. Diocesan Website on 8/3/13 showed him living in West Des Moines; possibly still working as supply priest. Report to diocese 9/6/18 of child sex abuse by Kenkel decades prior. Reportedly living in 2018 in a nursing facility. On diocese’s list 4/4/19. It notes one substantiated allegation of abuse of a boy, occurring in the early 1980s, and unsubstantiated allegations in 2003 and 2005.
Mangan Dennis Des Moines, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 4/4/19. Two allegations noted of females, received in the early 2000s, occurring in the 1960s. Died 1976.
Monahan Paul A. Des Moines, IA Retired in 2004. Working as St. Albert High School chaplain, where he had been teacher, and principal in the 1970s. Arrested age 83 in 8/16, charged with invasion of privacy nudity after accused of watching 5 high school boys use the bathroom at a track meet in 4/16. Suspended from ministry. Assigned also during career to Dowling Catholic High in West Des Moines, St. Mary in Avoca, St. Patrick in Walnut, Holy Family in Council Bluffs and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Glenwood. Found guilty in 12/16. Sentenced in 2/17 to a 30 days suspended jail sentence on each count, to be served concurrently, a year of informal probation and to register as a sex offender for 10 years. Conviction overturned 5/18. To be removed from offender registry within 20 days if state does not appeal reversal of conviction. Suspension lifted 6/18.
Ryan John R. Des Moines, IA Removed from ministry 1993 due to allegations that he molested boys in 1the 980s. Previously taught at diocesan high school. Laicization requested 9/19/03 and granted 10/13/06. Diocese settled two complaints as of 11/06. Died 11/2010. Obituary says he spent 29 years as Chaplain to The National Guard.
Tran Tan Van Des Moines, IA Tran, a native of Viet Nam, was accused in 1995 of “patting and hugging” 10 girls in an 8th-grade confirmation class in that year. He was suspended with pay, evaluated, and allowed to return to active assignment. He was still an active parish priest in 2006 and an RCIA coordinator.
Wagner Richard Des Moines, IA Removed 1993 when mandated reporter learned of alleged abuse of high school girl in late 1980s. Sent for treatment and placed in restricted priory setting. Previously taught at diocesan HS and had been named principal there by Bishop Dingman. No public allegations until Bishop Charron recommended laicization 9/19/03. Laicized 10/13/06. Died 2012. On diocese’s list 4/4/19.
Wilwerding Albert Des Moines, IA Tommie Pierick and his priest uncle told Bishop Dingman in 1978 of abuse in late 1960s starting when boy was 12. Threats and gifts used; farmhouse a common venue. Diocese admits no record of 2 complaints. W removed 1981. T died by suicide 1985; W sent for treatment again in same year. T’s sister went to the diocese 1993. She went public 2002; other victims then surfaced. Diocese asked for defrocking 9/19/03. T’s brother sued 2/25/04. W died 9/26/04. Civil suit filed 2006; settled 2007. On diocese’s list 4/4/19. It notes 25 allegations of abuse of boys, occurring late 1950s to the mid 1980s. On San Antonio diocese’s list 1/31/19. Lived in diocese 1982-84. Investigated 1984 by San Antonio police for sex assault of adult male, sent to treatment in NM. Report in 2018 of abuse of boy 1983 or 1984.
Zuch Francis T. Des Moines, IA Accused in a 12/15/95 suit of sexually abusing two altar boys 1970-75. The complaint alleges that Zuch “systematically” abused “numerous” altar boys “starting in the 1940s.” Some of the abuse allegedly occurred at a cabin on Clear Lake. Suit was settled by 2002. Zuch was director of Catholic Charities in the diocese 1935-55. Died in 1993. On diocese’s list 4/4/19. It notes five allegations of abuse of boys in the early to mid 1970s.
Unnamed Unnamed (in Des Moines) Des Moines, IA Settled per diocese. Left ministry. Name withheld.
Apt E. Everett Sioux City, IA Civil suit filed 8/04 by a man alleging abuse as an altar boy by Apt in the early 1960s at an in Alvord parish. Suit alleged diocese knew Apt had sexual contact with children as early as 1950, but concealed his actions and transferred him whenever facts might become public. Settled 3/05 for undisclosed amount. Apt was on sick leave per 1970 Catholic Directory. Retired 1979. Died 1985. On diocese’s list in 2/19. It notes three allegations of abuse of boys, occurring 1950s-1970s.
Behrens Alver William Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes five allegations received of abuse in the 1960s of boys and girls. Retired 1993. Died 2002.
Birdsall Richard Wayne Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes one accusation of abuse of a girl, occurring in the 1970s. Retired 1991. Died 1997.
Bruening Paul Joseph Sioux City, IA Ordained for the Sioux City diocese. Worked outside the diocese in Belleville, IL beginning 1962; incardinated into the Diocese of Bellevill in 1970. Named publicly as accused by the Sioux City diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes one accusation against Bruening, of abuse of a girl, occurring in 1957. Died 2002.
Cain John Francis Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes one allegation received, of abuse of a girl, occurring in 1973. Retired 1994. Died 2015.
Coyle Jerome Paul Sioux City, IA Per news in 11/18, Coyle admitted in 1986 to Bishop Soens to having had sexual contact or attraction to about 50 boys in IA over 20-plus years. The diocese removed him from ministry and sent him to the Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs NM for treatment. He stayed in NM for 30 years. The Sioux City diocese did not notify police or the public. (Bishop Soens was himself later credibly accused of the sex abuse of students as a priest and school principal.) Coyle was moved by the Sioux City diocese in 6/18 to a Fort Dodge IA care facility, next to a Catholic School. Diocese admitted in 10/18 to hiding Coyle’s identity for decades. On diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Cullen John William Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes one allegation received, of abuse of a girl, occurring in 1955. Retired 1985. Died 1991.
Danner Brian J. Sioux City, IA Removed from ministry in 11/18 due to an allegation a year prior that he rubbed a fourth-grade girl’s leg during confession at St. Mary’s in Humboldt. The diocese reportedly reported the incident to the county attorney in 12/17.
Eisenbacher Linus Joseph Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes one allegations received, of abuse of a girl, occurring in the 1970s. Retired 1985. Died 1991.
Farrelly Clarence Edward Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes two allegations recieve, of abuse of girls, occurring in the 1960s. Retired 1979. Died 1987.
Greving Louis Henry Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes one allegation received, of abuse of a girl, occurring 1965-71. Died 2002.
Hartz Gerald Sioux City, IA Former superintendent of Sioux City Catholic schools. Charged 9/95 with indecent contact w/ 13 yr old girl. Took leave. Charges dropped 12/95 when girl would not testify and Hartz agreed to resign from assignment. In 9/96 woman filed suit alleging Hartzgrabbed her, kissed her neck and touched her while in his Church. Incident happened 12/94. Case later dismissed from federal court. “On special assignment” per 2002 Catholic Directory. Living in Bakersfield, CA 12/08 per diocese website.
Kollasch Victor Everett Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes one allegation, of abuse of a girl, occurring in the 1970s. Died 1981.
Kurzak John Sioux City, IA One man filed civil suit 3/08 vs Kurzak, Perdue and diocese, which alleged abuse by Kruzak and a seminary student (John Perdue) in early 1980s when the plaintiff was a minor in Fort Dodge. Suit alleges diocese knew of other victims in 1985 but allowed Kurzak to become a military chaplain. Ruling in favor of defendents, citing 2-yr SOL. Appeal filed by plaintiff 7/13/11. Kurzak active chaplain in 3/08. Second suit filed 3/28/08 alleged abuse of 1 in 1982. Unclear if this plaintiff was under 18 at the time since he was a seminary student. Trials were set for Fall ’09.
Lefebvre Bruce Anthony Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes two allegations against Lefebvre of abuse of boys, occurring in the 1980s. Leave of absence 2002. Died 2005.
Lisowski Jan Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes one allegation of abuse of a boy, occurring in the 1960s. Retired 1980. Died 2001.
McFadden George B. Sioux City, IA Accused of abusing more than 25 girls and boys. Denied allegations. Admitted to “harmful acts.” Forced into treatment and retirement 1991-92 but continued to function as priest at cathedral. Faculties not removed until 2002. Lawsuits began to be filed 2003, and 29th lawsuit filed 6/06 by 2 brothers. Many cases settled or dismissed. By 2008 39 people made claims. Three new plaintiffs as of 9/06. In 12/05 Vatican refused to laicize McFadden because of his age. Residing in Ft. Wayne IN. On diocese’s 2/22/19 list.
Montag Bernard Joseph Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. Two allegations noted of abuse of girls 1959-61. Retired 1980. Died 2001.
Munn Thomas Joseph Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. One allegation noted, of abuse of a boy 1954-55. Retired 1999. Died 2002.
Murphy Peter Brendan Sioux City, IA Accused publicly 3/30/16 of raping and sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar boy 1959-60 at Blessed Sacrament in Sioux City. Victim contacted diocese in 1996 and said he got a “dismissive reply.” Diocese settled with him in 2016. Assignments also included parishes in Danbury, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Bode, Whittemor, Spencer, St. Joseph’s and Cherokee. On leave of absence 1960-62, in a Denison parish around 1963-64, then leave of absence again until his death in 11/8/80 in Jemez Springs NM. Did fill-in work in parishes during his “leave.” After 1st man went public, by 9/16 five more people alleged sexual abuse by Murphy. On diocese’s 2/22/19. It shows 11 allegations of abuse of boys, 1956-64.
Perdue John Patrick Sioux City, IA Left the priesthood in 1986, one year after ordination. Accused, along with Rev. John Kurzak, in a civil suit filed in 3/08 of molesting a boy in Fort Dodge in the early 1980s. Perdue was a seminary student at the time of the alleged abuse. Ruling in favor of defendants, citing two-year statute of limitations. Appeal filed by plaintiff 7/13/11. Second suit filed 3/28/08 alleged abuse in 1982 of a seminary student. On diocese’s 2/22/19 list. It notes on allegation received, of abuse of a boy 1982-83.
Reicks Ronald Joseph Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes two allegations of abuse of girls, occurring 1973-84. Left the priesthood in 1996.
Reinhart Ralph William Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes six allegations received of abuse of boys in the 1950s. Retired 1997. Died 2001.
Ruba Nicholas J. Sioux City, IA Accused in a 10/10 civil suit of abuse 1968-76 of a girl, ages 14-21, while he was assigned to St. Michael’s in Sioux City and she was working at the rectory. She companied to the diocese in 2006. He denied the allegations, and she apparently dropped the matter. Ruba retired in 1996. Died at age 89, 6/20/15, at a nursing home in Remsen, IA. On the diocese’s 2/22/19 list. It notes two allegations received, of abuse of a female and a male, 1970-71.
Schoeppner Laurence Frances Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. One allegation noted, of abuse of a girl 1948-49. Retired and died 1965.
Slaven Donald Joseph Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. Two allegations noted, of abuse of boys in the 1990s. Retired 2009. Died 2014.
Stapenhorst Verne Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the Sioux City diocese on its list 2/22/19. Accused of abuse in 1976 of a male minor. Retired 2004. Faculties removed in 2011. Living in 2019 outside of IA. On Las Vegas diocese’s list 4/12/19 due to allegation in Iowa. Worked at some point in Overton and Mesquite NV.
Stevenson Fergus Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the Sioux City diocese on its 2/22/19 list. Assigned 1975-85 to St Boniface parish. One allegation noted, of abuse of a boy in 1976. Believed to be deceased.
Tolan Joseph Edward Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. One allegation noted, of abuse of a girl 1980-82. Retired and died in 1989.
Wingert Donald William Sioux City, IA Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. One allegation noted, of a boy 1980-82. Retired 1993. Died 2017.
Yetmar John Charles Sioux City, IA

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