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Kansas Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Kansas Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Kansas Catholic Church network. The names in this list are only those that have been found to be credible, however it is likely that there are names missing, due to the sheer number of accounts and the historical aversion to transparency by the Catholic Church.

This list is not endorsed by the Archdiocese, which has yet to release the names of priests found guilty through its own internal investigations.

Last NameFirst NameDioceseNotes
BrayleyJohnKansas City, KSOblate missionary, Montreal, Canada. Named publicly as accused by the Kansas City archdiocese on its list 1/25/19. Accused of abuse in in 1980 while visiting friends in Roeland Park. Deceased.
BruningWilliamKansas City, KSAllegation in 6/15 to the archdiocese from a woman in her early thirties that Bruning sexually abused her as a girl when she attended Most Pure Heart of Mary School in Topeka. Bruning was suspended during investigation. Review Board could not substantiate the claims and he was returned to ministry. His accuser again contacted the archdiocese in 10/18 with new information and the case was reopened. The Review Board found the allegations not credible. Allegation not made public until 2/19, when Bruning announced it at mass. He denied the allegation.
CawleyThomas F.Kansas City, KSSpent 16 yrs in Hong Kong and next 15 in Rome. Working in Kansas City KS when man recognized him and came forward 8/04 with allegation that he had been molested by Cawley for 2 years in 1979 in Hong Kong. Cawley placed on leave and the Order began an investigation. Civil suit filed 8/05 in St. Louis, the home of the Order. Assigned to Vincentian Parish Mission Center in Independence MO 6/07.
DannenfelserLambertKansas City, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Kansas City KS archdiocese on its list 1/25/19. Multiple allegations of abuse around 1989. Deceased.
FinnertyWilliam A.Kansas City, KSGraduate of Conception Abbey. Accused at some point of abusing a girl more than 30 years prior. Archdiocese recommended that, due to his poor health, he remain at a care facility, with restrictions. Died 10/09 at age 82. On the archdiocese’s list 1/35/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in the early- to mid-1960s.
ForsytheJames A.Kansas City, KSPled guilty 12/89 to having “sexual relations” with a teenage boy over a 2-year period. Sentenced to 1-5 years in jail; served 3-4 months, then released on probation. Sent to treatment in NM for 7 months. Victim received settlement from archdiocese. On leave per 1990 Directory. Reportedly left the priesthood that year. Became minister for protestant sect until forced to resign after community learned of past. Living in FL and Costa Rica as of 2009, per FL Sex Offender Registry. On the Kansas City KS archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. It notes multiple allegations, and that Forsythe was laicized in 2005.
GinzkeyLawrenceKansas City, KSNamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 1/25/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in 1985. Laicized 2005.
HaegelinWilliam M.Kansas City, KSRemoved 9/02 after a man accused him of inappropriate sexual relations in the 1980s. Haegelin denied the allegation. He later admitted to having a sexual relationship with the man, but only when the man was an adult. In 11/02 the archdiocesan review board cleared him of allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. No criminal investigation because Haegelin’s accuser did not want one. Review board recommended that return to ministry after spiritual counseling. On the archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. It notes that it could not determine if the “sexual relationship” began while Haegelin’s accuser was still a minor. Laicized 2004.
JuarezMartinKansas City, KSAccused in a lawsuit filed in 8/17 of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Matthew’s in Topeka over a three-year period, beginning when the boy was age 9 in the early 1980s. Juarez’s accuser said the abuse occurred multiple times in various places, including the parish rectory, and it included fondling, oral and forced anal sex. Per the archdiocese, Juarez left priestly ministry there in 1994 and was laicized in 2005. On the archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. It notes mulltple allegations of a abuse, occurring early- to mid-1980s.
KallalScott JamesKansas City, KSMember of the Apostles of the Interior Life. Assistant at Holy Spirit in Overland Park when suspended 7/17 after two people complained of inappropriate conduct by Kallal, one toward an 11-year-old girl. Per the girl’s father, the priest tickled her and touched her breast at a St. Patrick’s gathering in the summer of 2015. Kallal denied “moral misconduct or malicious intent.” Arrested in MD 7/24/17, where he had been sent for treatment. Charged with two felony counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Pled not guilty. Judge ordered trial. On archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. Trial scheduled for 9/9/19.
LampingStevenKansas City, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Kansas City KS archdiocese on its list 1/25/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in the 1950s. Deceased.
LicktiegAdrianKansas City, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Kansas City KS archdiocese on its list 1/25/19. It notes one allegation of abuse, occurring in 1959. Presumed to be deceased.
MeisFinianKansas City, KSWorked in Dioceses of Salina and Archdiocese of Kansas City KS. Accusations made in 2003 to Review Board. A woman said he abused her when she was 18 and he was part of Salina diocese. Also accused by a man who was a minor at the time of the abuse in 1970s at Church of the Good Shepherd in Shawnee. Three claims settled of alleged abuse of one female and two males. Meis was “dismissed from the church” in 1986 and later laicized. Died in 1997. One man claimed abuse at age 11 in 1972 by Meis during counseling sessions. He was barred from suing due to the statute of limitations. Named as credibly accused on the KCK diocese’s list in 1/19. On Capuchin Province of Mid-America list 3/1/19. Per Salina diocese, abuse occurred 1960s-70s.
PuttiAnthonyKansas City, KSPriest of the Diocese of Guntur, India. Worked in the archdiocese for several years while pursuing graduate studies in theology. Left his assignments at St. Gregory’s in Marysville and St. Malachy ‘s in Beattie in 2010 and returned to India, after admitting to sexual relations with an adult. On 4/2/13 the archdiocese received an allegation that Putti had abused a minor. He denied the allegation. On the archdiocese’s list 1/25/19.
RichardsonBarryKansas City, KSNamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 1/25/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in 1999. Laicized 2005.
RobertsEdward F.Kansas City, KSThe archdiocese announced in 9/15 that it had recently received credible allegations of abuse of minors against Roberts. Assigned to St. Peter Cathedral in KC, St Teresa in Westphalia, Sacred Heart in Baileville, St. Gregory in Marysville, St. Joseph in Nortonville, Holy Name in Topeka. Died in 9/18/97. On the archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. It notes allegations of abuse occurring 1949 to the early 1990s.
RossmanChristopherKansas City, KSPastor of Annunciation parish in Baldwin City and St. Francis of Assisi in Lapeer when suspended 9/16 after reports to the archdiocese that he had visited “inappropriate websites, including those depicting minors.” Archdiocese said it notified the FBI immediately. On the archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. It notes ongoing law enforcement investigation. Charged in federal court in 7/19 with child porn possession. Pled guilty. Per investigators, Rossman’s sister tried to destroy his computer by running it over.
SchepersFrankKansas City, KSNamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 1/25/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring 1975-76. Died in 2002.
SchmitzDennis E.Kansas City, KSPlaced on leave 5/02 and charged in 6/02 with improperly touching a teenage youth several times 6/98-5/99. Pled guilty 2002. Received 32-month sentence. Also convicted in another county and sentenced 1/03 to 32 months probation. Served as Vocations Director of Archdiocese 1994-7/01. A civil suit against the archdiocese was settled in 2003. Suit against Schmitz was ongoing. Schmitz agreed to seek laicization. On KS sex offender registry 1/3/10. On archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. Noted to have been laicized in 2005.
WisnerJohn H., Jr.Kansas City, KSSuspended 5/12 after a man reported Wisner touched him inappropriately at age 15 in 1982. Wisner denied sexual misconduct but confirmed time, location and circumstances surrounding the allegation. Wisner, a psychiatrist, had been parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Roeland Park, KS since 1985. Also a full-time associate professor. Three claims sent to Vatican 11/12. Suit filed in 12/15 claimed Wisner of sexually abused a boy, ages 15-17, in the mid-1980s. Claimant said WIsner, who was also his doctor, held parties at a lake house, gave minors liquor, and sexually abused them. He said the priest/doctor took him on trips to CA, HI and the Cayman Islands. Laicization affirmed by the Vatican 3/12/18. In 10/18 still held MD licenses in KS and MO. As of 3/19 his medical licenses in MO and KS were no longer active.
WolfeNorman CharlesKansas City, KS“Chuck.” Accused in 2005 of abusing a 14-year-old boy while assigned to Church of the Good Shepherd in Shawnee in 1976 and 1977. Order’s review board found allegations “believable.” Accuser also filed civil suit which was later dismissed on SOL. He later received payment of $25K. On the archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. On the Capuchin Province of Mid-America’s list 3/1/19. Per Salina diocese, dismissed from Order 1987.
WurtzCamillusKansas City, KSIn 2004 a man complained to St. Benedict’s Abbey that Wurtz had molested him when the man was a boarding student at Maur Hill-Mount Academy during the 1960s. The abbot kept Wurtz in ministry until 2/04, after the Review Board deemed the allegation credible and recommended Wurtz’s removal. Still a priest at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison as of a 2/06 website post. Died 8/16/13.
BachandLouisSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Salina diocese on its list 3/29/19. A single allegation of abuse in the late 1950s-early 1960s reported in 2011. Bachand died in 1991.
BeyerGregorySalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Capuchin Province of Mid-America on its list 3/1/19. One known credible allegation of abuse occurring in the 1970s. Died in 12/10.
DionMauriceSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/2/9/19. Allegatons of abuse 1960s-1970s reported to the diocese in 2002. Dion died in 2004.
DreilingChristianSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/29/19. Allegations of abuse in the 1930s reported to the diocese in 1939. Diocese investigated and in 1940 Dreiling was placed on diocesan and court-ordered leave. Received five years of treatment. Returned to ministry in 1948. Died in 1960.
GilardiRonald SamSalina, KSArrested and charged in 2000 with 14 counts of indecent solicitation of a child and other crimes, including sodomy, of a 14-year-old boy at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School 1993-94. Pled guilty in 2001 to 3 counts; sentenced to at least 32 months in treatment at Vianney Center in MO and 5 years probation. Suit filed in 2001 in TX. Dismissed and refiled in KS. Settlement announced 12/01. School paid $30K. Family also settled with insurance co. and Diocese in confidential settlement. Living with Order in St. Louis 12/06. Registered as MO sex offender. Last known address per 11/17 internet search is RECON/Wounded Brothers Project in Robertsville, MO. On Capuchin Province of Mid-America list 3/1/19.
GottschalkDavidSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Kansas City archdiocese on its list 1/25/19. On the Capuchin Province of Mid-America list 3/1/19. More than one credible allegation of abuse, occurring in the 1970s. Removed from ministry/under supervision.
HaasJulianSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Capuchin Province of Mid-America on its list 3/1/19. Removed from ministry/under supervision, per Salina diocese. More than one credible allegation of abuse, alleged to have occurred 1970s-80s.
HoughRogerSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/29/19. An allegation of abuse 2001-02 reported to the diocese in 2002. Removed from ministry in 2005, ordered to a life of prayer and penance. Died in 2018.
JonesDavidSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Capuchin Province of Mid-America on its list 3/1/19. Abuse reportedly occurred around 1986. More than one credible allegation, per the Salina diocese. Dismissed from Order in 1987.
MattasLouisSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/29/19. Allegations of abuse in the mid 1960s and early 1980s reported to the diocese in 2005 and 2007. Only the 2007 allegation was substantiated. Ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance. Died in 2011.
MerchantWilliamSalina, KSMonsignor. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 3/19. It notes abuse 1960s-1970s, reported 1968, 1999, 2000-2004. Merchant died in 1975. Superintendet of Seven Dolors Grade School and Luckey High School in the 1950s and 1960s. Allegedly abused boys there.
MoederJohnSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/2919. An allegation of abuse in the late 1970s was reported to the diocese in 2018. Moeder died in 2012.
O’DonohoeThomasSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/29/19. An allegation of abuse occurring 1943-45 was reported to the diocese in 2004. O’Donohoe died in 1951.
ReifRobert J.Salina, KSIn 1986, 2002 and 2005 Diocese received reports of abuse. Accused of abusing two brothers 1975-86. Sent to treatment 1986-87. He denied claims but wrote apologetic letter to boys’ parents in 1988. Left priesthood in 1989. Suit filed in 1995. Dismissed on SOL. Appealed to KS Supreme Court which reversed 7/96 and sent back down for trial. Case settled in mid-1990s. Laicized in 2006. On diocese’s list 3/29/19.
ScarryBenignusSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Capuchin Province of Mid-America on its list 3/1/19. Per the Salina diocese, there is one known credible allegation against Scarry, occurring in the 1980s. He left the Order in 2016.
SchartzDanielSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Capuchin Province of Mid-America on its list 3/1/19. More than one credible allegation, occurring in the 1970s. Left the Order in 1980.
ScheerAllenSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/29/19. Abuse reported in 2012 by Scheer of a vulnerable adult/person with disabilities. Convicted of abuse. Laicized 2012.
SchleiterRobertSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the Salina diocese on its list 3/29/19. Allegations of abuse occurring in the 1950s reported in 1957, 1980 and 2003. The diocese noted it did not respond to the 1980 allegation, but did so when the alleged victim again came forward in 2003. In 1957 Schleiter was dismissed by Salina after an investigation and moved to the Diocese of Wichita.
SenecalEugeneSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/29/19. Allegations reported to the diocese in 1994 and 2002 of abuse 1960s-1970s. Senecal died in 1975.
ShinskyFelixSalina, KSCapuchin brother. Named publicly as accused by the Capuchin Province of Mid-America on its list 3/1/19. Removed from ministry/under supervision, per the Salina diocese. One known credible allegation of abuse, which occurred in 1977.
Van SpeybroeckArthurSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/29/19. Multiple allegations. Report to the diocese in 1907 of abuse the same year. Van Speybroeck left the diocese sometime after 1908.
WalshJohnSalina, KSNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/29/19. Single allegation of abuse occurring 1972-78 reported to the diocese in 2002. Diocese investigated. Walsh retired 2002. Died 2009.
BlanpiedRobert D.Wichita, KSBlanpied & Diocese sued in 1995 by a man who said Blanpied abused him from age 10-15 yrs. Suit dismissed on SOL and dismissal upheld by the state Court of Appeals in 1997. Blanpied admitted in 1994 meeting w/ man and his family that he improperly touched the man 30 years before. Worked in Wichita Diocese from 1948 until 1969. Worked in Pueblo 1969-1994. Removed 1994 but later reassigned since he received honors in 1998 upon retirement after 50 yrs as a priest. Died 10/03.
LarsonRobert K.Wichita, KSFormer Director of Catholic Charities. Removed/retired from active service in 1988 for “stress related problems.” Accused of abusing >17 boys. Pled guilty in 2001 to abusing 4, including 1 felony count. Sentenced to 3-10 yrs prison; 5 others whom L denies abusing later committed suicide. Abuse included sodomy. Moved to St. John Vianney Renewal Center in MO. after 3/06 release from prison. Listed on MO sex offender registry. Died 08/27/14 but death not announced until 9/14 after he was buried.
MetzingerAgnesinaWichita, KSNamed in 1996 civil suit which alleged that Metzinger repeatedly had sex with a young boy who was a residence of St. Joseph’s Home. Same suit alleges several of the boy’s siblings were abused by priests at the home. Metzinger is dead as of 2010.
MulvihillDaniel B.Wichita, KSNative of Ireland. Named in 1996 civil suit filed by 4 brothers. Men said that they were abused at St. Joseph’s Children Home in KS and that they believed that another priest had molested their sister and that she had borne the priest a child. They say they found her diary after her death w/ picture of her & priest and a baby boy. Diocese investigated and said that Mulvihill denied that he was the father of the child. Said diary was the dreaming of a lonely young woman about a kid and handsome priest. Died 12/16/06.
WheelerWilliam A.Wichita, KSIn a 1996 civil suit, two men alleged that they were fondled by Wheeler several times in the mid-1950s at an El Dorado children’s home. Same suit alleges that another brother was molested by a nun and that a second priest fathered a child with their sister. Died 1994.

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