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Maryland Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Maryland Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Maryland 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
AlbaughWilliam StevenBaltimore, MDDeacon of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Nottingham since 1996. Arrested 3/1/13 and released on bail for possession of child abuse images aka child porn which he stored on thumb drives and on his Verizon online cloud storage system. Verizon Online reported the presence of the images. Albaugh admitted he stored the images but said he would never harm a child. Suspended from his duties.
AvantJamesBaltimore, MDIn 1993 a woman alleged that Avant abused her child in the early 1970s. Allegations reported to Capuchins. Avant had left Capuchins in 1990. Avant served at Morgan State University starting in 1972, at St. Martin (Baltimore) 1972-1978 and at Charles Lwanga Center 1979-1984.
BarnesMichael LowellBaltimore, MDA 6/09 suit against Baltimore AD filed in DE alleged Barnes molested a boy 1977-1982 while at St. Clare School in Essex. Baltimore contacted plaintiff in 2002 after a review of files; he denied abuse. He contacted them in 2003 but refused counseling/ mediation. Left priesthood in 1988 ; began working for Washington DC as lay member. Civil case dismissed 4/10 by DE Judge. Arrested in NC 10/09 on charges he abused the same man. Extradited to MD 2/10. Pled no contest 6/10. Sentenced to 6 months in jail. Laicization sought. Died in 2017.
BauernfeindThomas J.Baltimore, MDAccused in 1987 of sexual abuse in the mid-1970s.Retired late 1990s. Faculties removed 4/02. Included on the archdiocese’s 10/02 list of 56 priests accused of molesting children. Died 1/01/03.
BechtelWilliam VincentBaltimore, MDNamed publicly by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Diocese of Harrisburg told Baltimore in 2018 of a claim of sex abuse against Bechtel, occurring while at to Mt. St. Joseph High School, where he was assigned 1979-89. More allegations of abuse while at Mt. St. Joseph followed. Bechtel died in 1994.
BevanThomas R.Baltimore, MDRemoved 8/09 after allegations that he sexually abused a boy several times at St. John’s School in Frederick 1974-1979. Denied the allegations. Archdiocese learned of allegations 6/09 and notified police. Another allegation in 2005 dated back to 1974; review board found “insufficient evidence” and he wasn’t removed. Four allegations found credible 11/09. Permanently removed from active ministry 11/09. Criminal charges filed 2/10. Plea agreement 9/10. Received a 10-year suspended sentence and 18 months home detention.
BlackwellMaurice J.Baltimore, MDPlaced on leave in 1993 after complaints of abuse of a minor 1989-1992. Sent for treatment and reinstated. Permanently placed on leave in 1998 after admitting to a sexual relationship with another minor which ended in the 1970s. The1993 accuser shot and injured him in 2002. Abuse acknowledged by Archbishop. Found guilty during 2/05 criminal trial. Motion for new trial granted. No trial. Laicization announced in 12/04.
BonacciLouis A.Baltimore, MDAccusation received in 4/11 that Bonacci improperly touched a minor in a family home 1978-1982 when he was assistant director of campus ministry at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD. During investigation a second accuser was located. Removed 4/11 from duties in Scranton and, in 6/11, head of Order permanently removed him from active ministry. On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/28; assigned there 2003-2011. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese’s list in late 2018, where he was Wheeling Jesuit U. campus minister 6/99-2003.
BraunWilliam A.Baltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Ordained for the archdiocese, joined the Sulpician order in 1949. Allegation in 2002 that Braun sexually abused a minor in the mid-1940s. Braun was assigned to St. Dominic’s 1942-49. Died in 1964.
BrinkmannFrederick C.Baltimore, MDBrinkmann’s name is on 9/26/02 list of priests affiliated with Archdiocese of Baltimore who were accused of child sexual abuse. In 1996 an individual alleged sexual abuse during the late 1970s. The Archdiocese told the Redemptorists. Brinkmann was assigned to Baltimore from 1977-1978. Both 1993 and 2002 Catholic directories show him assigned to the New York Archdiocese.
BuggeGerard (Gerald)Baltimore, MDCatholic Directories refer to him as Gerard (Not Gerald). Bugge was named by Baltimore Archdiocese on its 09/02 list of abusers. In 1985 he admitted to inappropriate sexual activities with a minor. Accusations reported to the Redemptorists and his facilities were removed. He was in New York per 1970 Catholic Directory, in the District of Columbia per 1980 Catholic Directory, In Harrisburg PA per 1988 Directory and not in 1990 Directory. Died in 11/04. Also known as Gerard Serafin. Name on Harrisburg diocese’s 8/1/18, no known allegations there.
CarneyJohn J.Baltimore, MDName appeared on Sept. 2002 list of priests from Baltimore Diocese who had been accused of child sexual abuse. In 1991 an individual alleged sexual abuse by Carney in early 1970s. Carney denied then but in 1995 he admitted he had engaged in inappropriate conduct. Archdiocese removed his facilities at that time. Record says that from 1972 forward he spent a lot of time as chaplain at various nursing homes and hospitals. 2002 Catholic Directory shows him retired..
CarrollDouglasBaltimore, MDRemoved 1990 after Order told Diocese that he had admitted soliciting an underage individual in another state. Laicized in 1998.
CorbettJohn J.Baltimore, MDMonsignor. Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Accused in 1993 of abuse of two minors in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Further allegations received in 2002 and 2010. Assigned to St. Brigid’s 1909-1922, St. Peter’s in Washington DC 1922-1924, St. Margaret’s in DC 1924-1943, and St. Mary Star of the Sea in Baltimore 1943-1957. Died in 1957.
CoxBrian M.Baltimore, MDPart of Josephite society from 1968. Joined Baltimore Archdiocese in 1981. In 1995 complaint of abuse in 1981 was made to Baltimore. Cox admitted that he had abused from 1979-1985. Placed on permanent leave without privileges. He was arrested in 2002 and charged with abuse of 2 boys. Sentenced to 15 months in jail & 5 yrs probation. Served 9 months. Laicized in 2004. Registered sex offender.
CoyleCharles G. (Charley)Baltimore, MDSued in 2002. Accused of abuse of a boy in 1970s at Newton South High School in Boston. Reportedly, a second youth who was living with Coyle later died by suicide. Coyle was working in New Orleans when accusation made public; Archdiocese placed him on leave. Second suit filed in 2003 alleged abuse dating to when Coyle was a seminarian in Baltimore. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database. Died 7/1/15. Included on New Orleans archdiocese’s list 11/2/18. Taught at New Orleans’ Jesuit High 1958-61, when he was a scholastic. On Province’s list 12/7/18. On Baltimore archdiocese’s list.
CristanchoFernandoBaltimore, MDRemoved 1997 for sexual misconduct with young woman (not a minor) in Arlington diocese. Cristancho arranged in vitro fertilization of woman in Colombia using his sperm. Triplets born in 11/01 (2 boys, 1 girl). Baltimore archdiocese learned about the children and fired Cristancho from parish in 7/02. Privileges removed 2004. In 2006 DSS found sexual abuse of both boys, including oral sex. Mother reported possible 3rd victim. Maryland Appeals court gave custody to mother in 10/08. Cristancho denied abuse. Arrested in 9/17, charged with making and possessing child pornography. Detectives found photos of little boys on Cristancho’s electronic devices in his home, and on a memory card in a safe.
CullenRobert B.Baltimore, MDAccused on 3/1/07 in testimony before the Maryland legislature of sexually abusing a grade-school girl and others in the 1960s. The girl’s mother allegedly reported the abuse repeatedly to another Jesuit in the late 1960s and to another sometime after 1982. Cullen remained in ministry. He died 2/5/05. Worked in many dioceses. On Jesuits Maryland Province list 12/17/19. Added to Baltimore archdiocese’s list in 2/19.
DanilakJohnBaltimore, MDIndicted 2002. Accused of abuse of 1 youth in 1978. Charge dropped when priest died in April, 2003 just prior to trial. Two other men have also made similar complaints.
DaviesJoseph A.Baltimore, MDMonsignor. Parish priest, prep school chaplain, prison chaplain, archdiocesan Director of Catholic Boy Scouts, active in Volunteers for America, where he worked at two facilities for children. Died 2/3/92. In 1993 the archdiocese received multiple allegations of child sexual abuse against Davies. One man alleged abuse in the 1960s at St. Joseph’s in Hagerstown. The allegations were not announced publicly until 8/13/15 in an archdiocesan press release, which stated a man alleged abuse by Davies as a child in the 1950s. The statement acknowledged there were other allegations, without elaborating. On archdiocese’s 12/14/18 list; it notes numerous allegations of child sex abuse received against Davies.
DeakinRichardBaltimore, MDConvicted 1990 of molesting a 13-year-old girl 1986-88. Given 15-yr suspended sentence & 5 yrs probation. Civil suit filed 1/92; settled out of court 9/93. Archdiocese knew of his history of deviant sexual behavior. In 1987 (after he yelled obscenities & exposed himself to a woman), Order transferred him to Pittsburgh. Seminary officials knew of use of church money for x-rated movies and porn before ordination. Left priesthood 1988 & married. Dismissed from clerical state 12/29/92. Became licensed social worker, began work with the V.A. in 1996.
DeanAlfred A.Baltimore, MDSuspended in 2002 after allegations that he molested a 14 yr old boy 4/02 at the church. Diocese said in 9/02 that the allegation did not “appear… credible” but investigation revealed “significant issues of concern about,,,fitness for ministry with minors.” He resigned and was placed on leave by his Order. Indicted on criminal charges in 5/03 but criminal charges dismissed by judge “at the request of the victim’s family” 12/03.
DimitroffDonaldBaltimore, MDName appears on Baltimore’s Sept. 2002 list of priests and brothers accused of sexual abuse. Had been with the Order about 26 yrs. Order told the Archdiocese in 1997 that an individual alleged sexual abuse by Dimitroff in the early 1980s, possibly at Bishop Walsh high school. Dimitroff lived at Christian Brothers residence at Calvert Hall High School from 1992 to 2002. Adjunct faculty member at Loyola College per 5/08 website.
DolanFrancis E/Br. FabianBaltimore, MDBro. Fabian. Joined the Xaverians in 1939. Died in 1975. Named publicly as accused by the order on its list 7/12/19. Allegation reported in 1995 of abuse in Baltimore in 1945.
DowdyJames H.Baltimore, MDIn 1993 he was accused of sexual abuse in late 1970s-early 1980s. He admitted to sexual abuse involving two minors. He was removed from his position and his faculties were removed. Still on leave per 2002 Catholic Directory. Name appeared on Sept. 2002 list of 50+ priests and brothers from Baltimore Archdiocese accused of sexually abusing minors.
DuerrRobert W.Baltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Report to archdiocese in 2002 of abuse in the early 1950s. Allegation in 2012 of abuse early 1950s-early 1960s. Died in 1982.
DugganJohn H.Baltimore, MDAfter training in Boston MA then Albany NY, was in Scranton diocese, Archdioceses of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nigeria, Diocese of Camden, then back to Scranton. Worked in high schools and parishes. Sent for psych eval 1993; admitted to sex abuse of young children in early priesthood. Returned to ministry, restricted. Report 12/96 of sex abuse by Duggan of a teen boy in the 1970s at the Jesuit house in Scranton. Restricted by Scranton Bishop Timlin to convent and prison ministry. Allegation in 2002 to Archdiocese of Baltimore of sex abuse of a child late 1960s – early 1970s. Assigned to Loyola Blakefield High those years. Included on archdiocese’s 9/02 list. Per Official Catholic Directory he was at a Jesuit residence at the U. of Scranton 1995-2005, but Provincial in 5/02 assured a victim that Duggan had been removed from the Jesuit Community in Scranton. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, as John M. Duggan. Died 1/10/04. On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18.
DukeFrederick H.Baltimore, MDIn 1988, a person alleged sexual abuse by Duke to the Archdiocese. At that time Duke admitted to sexually abusing numerous minors between 1949 & 1961. He died in 1992. Name appeared on 9/02 list of priests and religious brothers in Baltimore Archdiocese who had been accused of child sexual abuse. Worked at Shrine of the Little Flower school.
EspositoLuigiBaltimore, MDOrdained in Italy. Assigned to Our Lady of Pompei in Highlandtown since 1964, pastor since 1987. Taught, coached and was Athletic Director of the parish school 1964-1987. Incardinated into the Archdiocese in 2000. Suspended from ministry in 5/18 after the diocese received an allegation that he had abused a 14-year-old on multiple occasions in the 1970s. He denied the abuse. Baltimore police were investigating. On archdiocese’s list 12/14/18. It notes another allegation of abuse of a teenage minor and another teen girl. Removed from ministry, faculties removed.
EwanowskiAlfredBaltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Allegation to archdiocese in 2003 of abuse in 1967 of an Archbishop Curley High School student. Additional allegations followed of abuse while Ewanowski was a Curley High faculty member, where he was assigned 1968-76. Died in 1990.
FarabaughKennethBaltimore, MDArchdiocese learned of allegations from 3rd party in 1993. Individual denied making the accusations and Farabaugh also denied so matter dropped. In 2000 the same individual met with archdiocese and provided detailed allegations of sexual abuse. Farabaugh was under investigation by police & diocese at time of his death in car accident in 12/00. (His car ran off the road and struck a tree). Name appeared on Baltimore’s 9/26/02 list of abusers.
FisherCarl A.Baltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in the 1970s. Appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1987. Died in 1993.
FlahertyRobert “Bob”Baltimore, MDJoined Xaverian Brothers 9/79, took vows in 1980s. Suspended from ministry in 8/18 during investigation by state’s attorney of allegations Flaherty sexually abused a minor in the mid-1980s. Baltimore Police initiated an investigation in 4/18. Taught at Mount St. Joseph school 1972-1993 and 2008-2010. Taught in KY 1994-1999. Teaching at St. John’s Prep in Danvers MA when suspended; was there 1999-2007, returning in 2010.
FondriestSylvanBaltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Assigned to Ss. Peter and Paul in Cumberland 1956-1976. Allegation to the archdiocese in 2007 of abuse in the late 1950s-early1960s. A second allegation received in 2008 of abuse in the late 1950s. Died in 1976.
FreeDanielBaltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Allegations to the archdiocese in 1998 and 2012, reported to law enforcement and the Passionists. Free died in 2016.
Gallagher (in Baltimore)JosephBaltimore, MDFormer editor of The Catholic Review. Retired in 1985. Name on Archdiocese list of accused priests 9/02. Per the Archdiocese list, he was accused in 1986 of abuse of 14 yr old boy in 1980. Accuser met with officials in 1993. “Gallagher admitted inappropriate conduct and his faculties to perform ministry were removed.” Gallagher objected to his inclusion on the list, saying the “incident involved only a massage of a 14-year-old boy that occurred 21 years ago but involved “no genital touching.’”
GergJosephBaltimore, MDIn 1997 an individual alleged sexual abuse by Gerg in the late 1960s to early 1970s. The Archdiocese reported this to Benedictines. Gerg was posted to Baltimore from 1967-1969. Name appeared on Baltimore’s list of accused priests Sept. 2002.
GirardSteven P.Baltimore, MDMan came forward 4/04 to allege abuse by Girard when he was a boy in early 1990s. Police informed; Archdiocese investigated. He denied allegation. Not on Archdiocese’s list of active priests in 2008. Received 1 yr probation in 2002 after telling police he was the victim of a car jacking. Instead, he had picked up a male prostitute and the man stole his car. 2004 accuser committed suicide 2005. Named in civil suit 12/07 by man’s parents. .
HelowiczMarion FrancisBaltimore, MDPleaded guilty in 1988 to abusing a learning-disabled teenage boy for 18 months (7/82 – 2/84) and was sentenced to 6 mo. jail, suspended for 2 years, and 200 hrs community service. Privileges were removed. In 2/90 a civil suit was settled out of court and terms not revealed. Between 1990 and 1993 two other individuals came forward to allege abuse in early 1980s. Named on Baltimore’s 9/26/02 list.
HopkinsGeorge L.Baltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused in the Baltimore archdiocese’s revised list 4/24/19. Allegation to archdiocese in 2002 of abuse in the early 1950s (Hopkins was promoted from assistant chancellor to vice chancellor in 1952). The Los Angeles archdiocese informed Baltimore in 2007 that Hopkins was also accused of sexually assaulting an adult in the early 1950s. Hopkins was Chancellor of the archdiocese 1954-1965, was given the title monsignor in 1956, and was also an archdiocesan Consultor, and Rural Dean 1965-1968. According to the archdiocese’s list, ‘Hopkins left the priesthood in 1969 and later died.’
HopkinsJoseph H.Baltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Assigned to St Ambrose church 1936-1943 and St Cecilia church 1943-1949. Transferred to Wheeling WV in 1949, when Francis P Keough was archbishop of Baltimore (1947-1961) and John J Swint was bishop of Wheeling-Charleston (1922-1962). Later incardinated into Wheeling-Charleston diocese, where he worked at St Peter’s in Wheeling and St Xavier in Moundsville. Died 8/19/61, when he was absent on leave. Allegation in 1995 of abuse in 1948.
HopkinsRobert F.Baltimore, MDIn 1995 two individuals alleged sexual abuse by Hopkins in 1970s. 8 others also came forward. When confronted, Hopkins admitted to sexual misconduct with minors from 1950s to early 1980s at 5 different churches. Charges came out just after he retired so Archbishop removed his faculties. Named on Baltimore’s 9/26/02 list of abusive priests. Died in 12/06.
KellyThos.F/Br Benedict JBaltimore, MDBro. Benedict Joseph. Joined the Xaverians in 1933. Died in 1976. Named publicly as accused by the order on its list 7/12/19. Allegation reported in 1995 of abuse in Baltimore in 1945.
KenneyJoseph A.Baltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 12/14/18. Accused in 2002 by two people of abuse in the late 1940s – early 1950s. Died in 2001. Archdiocese stated it realized in 2018 that it knew in 1985 of allegations of abuse in the early 1950s.
KennySimon E.Baltimore, MDMonsignor. Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Allegation received in 2017 of sex abuse in the early 1980s. Retired 1985. Died 1999. Assigned to parishes in Hagerstown, Randallstown and Pylesville.
KnappPaulBaltimore, MDName appeared on Baltimore’s 9/02 list of priests, religious priests and brothers accused of sexual misconduct. Article says that in 1993 Archdiocese learned from Redemptorists that an individual alleged sexual abuse by Knapp about 20 yrs previously. Knapp served as associate pastor at St. Mary (Annapolis) from 1973 to 1981. He left priesthood in 1995.
KolodziejMichaelBaltimore, MDOrdained for the Buffalo diocese before joining Order in 1978. Worked in MD, NY, MA and GA as teacher, including in Springfield MA diocese. Principal of Cardinal O’Hara High in Buffalo diocese 1982-88, and assistant principal at St. Francis High 1979-82. In 11/13 a former student of Archbishop Curley High in Baltimore alleged that Kolodziej abused him on several occasions 1975-79 while “wrestling” with him. Order suspended him from public ministry and archdiocese removed his faculties. Police were investigating. He is a former Minister Provincial of the Order. On Atlanta archdiocese’s list 11/6/18. On Buffalo diocese’s list updated 11/5/18.
Krouse, IVWilliam Earl/JayBaltimore, MDFormer pastor of St. Francis Catholic Deaf Center in Prince George Co., MD. Arrested in FL 3/96 after former student accused him of abuse 1968-72. He admitted the abuse and was jailed in FL while awaiting extradition. Voluntarily left active priesthood about 1986 but still shown on leave per 1990 Catholic directory. Also known as Jay Krouse. Sentenced 11/96 to 10 years in prison for abusing 6 deaf boys 1970-78. Included on Archdiocese of WDC’s 10/15/18 list. Added to Baltimore archdiocese’s list in 2/19.
KruseJosephBaltimore, MDIn 1987 he admitted to sexual abuse from mid to late 1980s and was removed from his parish. He received treatment and was assigned to hospital ministry. Left ministry in 1989. Shown as absent on sick leave in 1988 Catholic Directory and “absent on leave” per the 1990 and 1995 editions. Name is on Baltimore’s 9/26 list of abusive priests.
KuhlThomBaltimore, MDOrdained as deacon in 1988. Taught religion at Our Lady of Pompeii High School andTowson Catholic High School,. In 2006, one man alleged abuse by Kuhl and another teacher for 2 years when he was a student at Our Lady in early to mid-1990s. Both men were immediately placed on leave.
LanganXavierBaltimore, MDAccused in 2003 of sexually abusing a Calvert Hall College High School student in 1969. In 2004, the school acknowledged the accusation and another by an older alumnus. Aka Br. Geoffrey Xavier. Added to the Baltimore archdiocese’s list 4/24/19. It notes having received an allegation in 2002 and receipt of allegations of abuse from additional former Calvert High students. Langan was at the school 1942-1952 and 1960-1985. He died in 1985.
LannonJames V.Baltimore, MDFirst named publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 10/15/18. Archdiocese first received report of abuse in 1953. Suspended in 1953 and 1954. Returned to ministry after evaluation. Permanently removed from parish ministry in 1958. Died in 1984. On Baltimore archdiocese’s list 4/24/19. It notes a woman alleged in 2002 abuse by Lannon in the mid-1930s. Assigned to Baltimore parishes 1933-1943. Became priest of Washington DC archdiocese when it was established in the 1940s.
LaPortaRoss A.Baltimore, MDLaPorta was on 9/25/02 Keeler list as having been accused by one person in 1999 of sexual abuse in 1960s. He denied but faculties removed. List has LaPorta recently retired when allegation made. The 1999 Directory is first that reports him as retired and also lists him as monsignor. Later Directories show him retired in Little River SC, not a monsignor, and pastor emeritus at St. Mark’s in Catonsville; 5 other priests who worked there are accused. Still in SC in 2007; not in 2009 Directory.
LarkinRegis F.Baltimore, MDFirst named publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/16/19. The archdiocese received an allegation in 1992 of abuse by Larkin in the late 1970s to early 1980s, when he was pastor at St Patrick’s in Cumberland. Another allegation was received in 2002 of abuse in the mid-1950s at Larkin’s first assignment, St Michael’s in Frostburg. Worked in archdiocesan parishes 1945-1980. Died on 6/23/81.
LeeThomas B.Baltimore, MDIn 1993 an individual alleged sexual abuse by Lee (a native of Korea) in early 1970s. Baltimore informed the Archdiocese of Seoul, South Korea of the charges. Lee had been studying at Johns Hopkins Univ. at the time of the alleged abuse. Lee’s name appears on Sept. 2002 list of priests from other Diocese who were accused of abuse in the Baltimore Archdiocese.
LefevreFrancis J.Baltimore, MDIndividual came forward in 1987 to allege abuse. Faculties removed. LeFevre admitted to sexual misconduct with numerous minors in 1970s and 1980s. He continued to work as statistics expert for archdiocese until 1995 when suit alleged LeFevre abused plaintiff from age 11 until high school. This abuse was reported to archdiocese in 1992.
LentzRobert F.Baltimore, MDBaltimore officials placed Lentz on leave in 12/02 after allegations surfaced that he abused two boys in mid- to late 1960s. Lentz denied the accusations. The alleged victims came forward after the Archdiocese published names of 56 other priests and brothers accused of abuse. Not on list of active priests in Baltimore Archdiocese per their website 5/25/08. Died 09/18/07.
LippoldJohn L.Baltimore, MDLippold retired 2009. In 10/10, archdiocese learned of allegation that he had abused a minor female over a two-year period in late 1960s. He was assigned to Saints Phillip & James Catholic Church at the time. Archdiocese notified police who told themnot to pursue investigation or contact Lippold during police investigation. In 4/11, investigation stalled and archdiocese was allowed to talk with accuser and with Lippold who denied allegations. He was removed at that time.
LochnerRobert J.Baltimore, MDFirst named publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/16/19, where it is stated that multiple allegations of abuse were received starting in 2002. But in the 4/24/19 list, that account has been revised to state that multiple allegations began arriving in 1993. Abuse alleged to have occurred in the 1950s and 1960s. Assigned to archdiocesan parishes 1956-1967. Died on 12/9/67.
LorentoAnthonyBaltimore, MDIn 1994 an individual alleged to archdiocese that Lorento had abused him. Archdiocese told Pallotine Order. No info on Lorento’s status but he was not in 2002 Catholic Directory. In 1993 Catholic Directory, he was shown working in New York. ame appeared on Sept. 2002 list from Arch. of Baltimore of priests and religious priests and brothers who had been accused of child abuse and molestation.
LoskarnGeorge B.Baltimore, MDIn 2002 a person alleged sexual abuse by Loskarn in late 1960s when the man was a teenager. Loskarn admitted and he was placed on leave. Abuse occurred during Loskarn’s first assignment after ordination and apparently took place during an out-of-state trip. Name appears on Sept. 2002 list from Baltimore Archdiocese of abusive priests.
MagnusE. NeilBaltimore, MDA woman received “acknowledgment of crimes” and financial assistance for counseling from the archdiocese in 11/16 due to her claims of rape by Magnus and another priest, Rev. Joseph Maskell. Magnus was Keough High School’s Religious Services Director, Maskell was chaplain and counselor. Per the woman they raped her at a CYO picnic in 9/70, when she was age 14 and a new Keough student. She said Magnus showed up in a police car and that the rape occurred after she was given a drink that weakened her. She said Fr. Maskell watched, then also raped her, and that his assaults continued through her high school years. She claimed, too, that on one occasion a Baltimore police officer joined Maskell and, after paying the priest, raped her. Magnus died 11/27/88. Magnus has been accused by at least one other former student, and Maskell by many. Both men have been implicated in the unsolved 1969 murder of Sr. Cathy Cesnik, to whom girls had confided abuse. On archdiocese’s list 12/14/18.
MardagaRonaldBaltimore, MDIn 1986 Mardaga admitted to sexually abusing a minor in late 1970s. His faculties were removed in 1986. No information on sex of victim current status. Name appeared on Sept. 2002 list of priests accused of abuse which was released by Archdiocese of Baltimore.
MaskellA. JosephBaltimore, MDParish priest, Keough High chaplain & counselor, police chaplain. Per 1994 lawsuit, abused girls at Keough, late 1960s-early 70s. Subject of investigation into 1969 murder of Sr. Catherine Cesnik. Student said she told Sr. Cathy of abuse by Maskell; Sr. Cathy soon missing, later found murdered. The former student said in 1994 that Maskell drove her to a remote area and showed her the body. Archdiocese settled with her 1/17. Another former student said 2 police officers sexually abused her while Maskell looked on. Said to have drugged victims and shown gun. Placed on leave 1992; reinstated 1993-94. Removed again 1994 after new allegations. Fled to Ireland; worked as psychologist, including with children. Died 2001. By 5/17 archd paid $472,000 to 16 people with accusations vs Maskell. One man said Maskell sexually abused him as an 8th grade altar boy and his mother told archdiocese 5/67; Maskell was then moved to Keough. An Irish accuser surfaced 5/17. HSE investigating 6/17.
MaurerArthur R.Baltimore, MDMaurer pleaded guilty in 1993 to Federal charges of fondling a 12-year-old boy in 1992 on a cruise ship based in Port Canaveral, FL. Before plea, he was sent to Toronto for treatment. He was apparently retired and living in Baltimore from 1992 to 1993but 1993 Catholic Directory shows he was affiliated with Galveston-Houston Diocese. He died in 1993. Obit was in Houston TX newspaper. Name on 9/02 list from Archdiocese of Baltimore of Religious priests and brothers accused of sexual abuse of childre
McCarthyWm F/Br ConstantineBaltimore, MDBro. Constantine. Joined the Xaverians in 1940. Left in 1947. Named publicly as accused by the order on its list 7/12/19. Allegation reported in 2002 of abuse in the mid-1940s in Baltimore.
McGrathM. FrancisBaltimore, MDAttended seminary in Baltimore MD 1972-74 and again 1976-77. Ordained in 1978 for the Diocese of Trenton NJ. In 1995 a man told the Baltimore archdiocese McGrath sexually abused him as a minor in the 1970s, while McGrath was in seminary. Baltimore informed Trenton; McGrath acknowledged he sexual abused “three or four victims” during his time in Trenton. His status from then was “leave of absence” until 2002, when another person came forward to allege abuse in 1970s. On Trenton diocese’s list 2/13/19. Removed from ministry.
McGuireEugene AmbroseBaltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Allegation received in 1993 of abuse in the 1960s. Another allegation in 2002 of abuse in the late 1940s. McGuire died in 1984.
MeeganLawrence C/Br LuanusBaltimore, MDBro. Luanus. Joined the Xaverians in 1941. Died in 1977. Named publicly as accused by the order on its list 7/12/19. Allegation reported in 1995 of abuse in 1945 in Baltimore.
MichaudRonald N.Baltimore, MDMan told Baltimore Archdiocese in 1979 re abuse by Michaud in mid-1970s. He had served in MD from 1973-1978. Then became part of Portland, ME diocese. Name finally released by Portland bishop 1/07. He had been placed on leave in 1989. Bishop recommended laicization but matter still pending with Vatican. Suit filed 9/07 by 1 man alleging abuse in early 1980s when he was a boy. Judge awarded Plaintiff $4.4M judgment against Michaud (who has no assets) 7/09. Plaintiff had earlier settled with Diocese.
Mike, Jr.John JosephBaltimore, MDSeveral individuals came forward beginning in 1987 to allege physical and sexual abuse by Mike. In 1987 his faculties were removed by Archdiocese. Also in 1987 criminal charges were brought against him for whipping a 17 yr old youth and hanging the youth upside down from a basketball backboard and striking him on the buttocks with a table tennis paddle. Pleaded guilty 9/87 and was sentenced to 5 yrs of supervised probation.
MoodyJerome A.Baltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Baltimore City Police informed the archdiocese in 2002 of allegations of abuse of several people. Archdiocese informed Redemptorists. Another allegation in 2005 of abuse in the 1970s. Moody died in 2006.
MurphyTimothyBaltimore, MDIn 1999 an individual alleged sexual abuse in the late 1960s to early 1970s. Archdiocese told the Order and Murphy’s faculties to perform ministry were removed. Per 2002 Catholic directory, he was still assigned to Holy Trinity Monastery in Baltimore where he has been assigned since 1991. Name appeared on Bartimore’s 9/02 list of abusive priests.
MurrayJames Glenn /J-GlennBaltimore, MDInitial report made in 2005 that he had improperly touched a minor in 1980s when he was at St. Frances-Charles Hall, now known as St. Frances Academy in Baltimore; allegations could not be verified. Permanently removed from active ministry by Order 6/11 after new investigation found new information. Taught at Gonzaga College High School 1974-76 and had recently been assigned to St. Aloysius Parish. Last known to be living in a monitored residence within the Jesuit Community. On the Raleigh diocese’s list in 10/18.
NewmanRobert VictorBaltimore, MDArchdiocese learned in 1987 that Newman had admitted sexually abusing several minors in 1970s-1980s and then told Order. Order removed him from his assignment where he had been working since 1982. Police investigated in 1987 but no charges filed. Newman was working in Hartford CT diocese in 2002 when he was placed on leave because the past allegation was found during review of Baltimore priest files. Newman had been at the parish since 1990.
O’TooleHenryBaltimore, MDO’Toole is alleged to have abused one individual during early 1970s. Archdiocese told the Redemptorists. O’Toole had served in Baltimore Archdiocese from 1962 to 1983. Name appears on Baltimore Diocese’s list of accused religious priests and brothers from Sept. 2002. Shown in Venice Diocese per 1988 Catholic Directory, in Miami per 1990 edition, and in Orlando per 1995 and 2002 editions.
OlkowskiBrian KeithBaltimore, MDOlkowski, a 23 yr old seminarian, was dismissed from Seminary 1/95 when he pleaded guilty to charges he gave beer to 14 yr old boy in 1994 and then molested him. Sentenced in 1995 to 5 yrs jail (all but one suspended), counseling and 500 hrs community service. 5 yr probation after release from prison.
PeacockJohn B.Baltimore, MDMonsignor. Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Allegation in 2005 of abuse in the mid-1960s. Another allegation received in 2015 of abuse in the late 1950s. Retired in 1973. Died in 1995.
PecoreDennis A.Baltimore, MDConvicted 1987 of sex assault of teenage boy over 3-year period. Placed on probation and ordered to serve year in jail on work-release program. Convicted 1994 of molesting a second boy 1989-1992 (his nephew) during work-release. (Worked at a care center for elderly priests). Sentenced to 12 yrs prison & probation. Accused 2002 of abuse in Baltimore 1975-1976 when he was religious brother. Named in at least 2 civil suits. Released from prison 02/02. On sex offender registry. “Defrocked” in 1995. New lawsuit filed 10/6/16 v Phoenix diocese, Salvatorians and parish where early 1980s abuse of boy alleged.
PolettiAdrianBaltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Allegation to archdiocese in 2006 of abuse at Camp Gabriel in the 1950s. Another allegation in 2007 of abuse in the mid-1940s. Poletti died in 1980. Assigned to St. Joseph Monastery Church 1937-42 and 1951-59.
RochacewiczThomasBaltimore, MDRochacewicz served in Baltimore from 1975 to 1986. Per archdiocesan files, in 1987 an individual alleged sexual abuse by Rochacewicz in early 1980s. Diocese told Redemptorists. Additional allegations received regarding abuse in mid-1970s to mid-1980s. Name appears on Baltimore Archdiocese’s Sept. 2002 list of accused religious priests and brothers.
RouseCharles O.Baltimore, MDRouse admitted in 1995 that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with minors in 1970s. Facts came out in 1995 during Rouse’s 2nd leave of absence for treatment of alcoholism; the Attorney General’s office was notified. His privileges were removed as well. July 1997 article referred to him as a priest on leave from Archdiocese doing graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis.
RydzewskiThomas A.Baltimore, MDRydzewski was arrested for possession of child pornograpy and internet child pornography 12/01. Sent to St. Luke’s. Pleaded guilty 7/02 and was sentenced to 27 months in prison 11/02. Released 11/15/04. He was caught as part of Operation Candyman Sting. Name appeared on Baltimore Archdiocese’s 9/02 list of priests accused of abuse. On MD sex offender registry as of 1/12.
SheaJohn J/Br JeronBaltimore, MDBro. Jeron. Joined the Xaverians in 1953. Left in 1970. Named publicly by the order as accused on its list 7/12/19. Allegation reported in 2004 of abuse in Leonardtown in the late 1960s.
SimmsWilliam Q.Baltimore, MDRemoved from parish work in 1985. Two separate civil suits filed in 1988 accused Simms of forcing altar boys to dress in skimpy, sexually provocative briefs and act out religious fantasies and wrestle with him. One suit claimed abuse in 1982, the other in 1984-85. Police investigated in 1985 but agreed not to press charges if Simms received counseling and was removed from contact with minors. He was allowed to serve on the Diocesan Tribunal. Received therapy at St. Luke Institute in Suitland, MD. Both cases settled in 1989 or 1990. In 1988 the Diocese acknowledged Simms molested boys, saying there were “only two” victims. Cardinal asked Simms to resign/retire from his administrative job with Diocese in 5/02. Died 9/05.
SmithDavid G.Baltimore, MDIn July 2002 Smith was charged with perverted practice after a man claimed that Smith abused him at parish rectory when he was 16 (between 1973-1976). In Oct. 2002 Smith pleaded guilty to engaging in sex acts with the Plaintiff. Smith had taken an unrelated leave of absence in 2000 and had no faculties to perform ministry.
SmithRichard E.Baltimore, MDRemoved from active ministry in 3/07 after allegations by two women that he sexually abused them when they were teens between 1966-1967. Events took place at former Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Woodlawn. Smith has confirmed some of the allegations. Claims have been reported to St. Atty’s office. Prior allegations of a youth from 1979-1983 were made in 5/06 but never publicized.
SmithThomas W.Baltimore, MDSmith was accused in 1993 of molesting a 10-year- old boy in 1983. Smith was scheduled to leave parish and go for evaluation and treatment but killed himself with shotgun the day before. He denied allegations and left note referring to depression from his mother’s death. Smith did admit to molesting several other boys at another assignment in 1960s. After his death 5 men came forward accusing him of molesting them when they were in 7-8th grade.
SpillaneMichael J.Baltimore, MDPerson came forward in 1991 to allege abuse by Spillane. Spillane then admitted molesting least six youths while working in from 1975 – 1986. Church may have settled with this person but never tried to learn names of other victims. Privileges removed 1991. In 2002 Spillane was working for the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions which advised the USCCB. Another allegation made in 2002.
StroupEdmund F.Baltimore, MDIndividual complained in 1992 of abuse in 1960. Stroup’s faculties were removed. Stroup had retired in 1990. Previous accusations had been raised against him in 1975 and 1981 and in 1981 he went for residential therapy. He was a hospital chaplain from 1982-1990. Stroup died in 2001. Numerous complaints received in 2002; name appeared on Archdiocese 9/02 list.
SweeneyFrancis MichaelBaltimore, MDThe Baltimore archdiocese announced in 12/93 that it had removed Sweeney from the chaplaincy of Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville because of ‘inappropriate sexual contact with minors’. The Community was informed on 12/5/93. Cardinal Keeler’s 9/25/02 list stated that in 1993 Sweeney had ‘disclosed that he had sexually abused two individuals during the late 1970s and early 1980s’. Keeler provides a partial assignment history for Sweeney, failing to include his position as adjunct faculty 1986-1994 at St. Mary Seminary, where Keeler was Chancellor. Sweeney was sent for evaluation and treatment in 1993, then transferred to Boston, where the Directory lists him as working at the Paulist Center faith community 1997-2002. In the 2003-2004 Directories, after Keeler released his list, Sweeney’s name is adjusted from Francis M to Frank M, and he is listed as residing at the Paulist Generalate in the NY archdiocese. He died in the NY archdiocese on 8/31/13.
TaschAlcuin W.Baltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Accused in 1994 of abuse in the late 1950s at Fourteen Holy Martyrs in Baltimore, where he was assigned 1954-64. Accused in 2003 of abuse 1955-56. Died in 1982.
TooheyJerome “Jeff”Baltimore, MDIn 1993 Toohey was accused of sexually abusing a male high school student who had sought counseling. Suit filed in 1994 but dropped in 1996 after ruling on recovered memories by MD Court of Appeals in another case. Has been on leave, without faculties since 1993. Convicted in 2005 of abusing another male minor in late 1980s. Sentenced to 5 yrs prison (18 months in jail & balance suspended). Laicization announced 5/08. On sex offender registry.
ToulasJames J.Baltimore, MDIn 1993 an individual alleged sexual abuse during late 60s and early 70s. Toulas admitted the abuse, which occurred while he was visiting Baltimore. Archdiocese contacted the Order and Toulas’ faculties were removed. Name appeared on list released by Baltimore Archdiocese in Sept. 2002 of accused religious priests and brothers.
TragesserGeraldBaltimore, MDTragesser was accused in 1958 of sexual abuse in mid to late 1950s. He was sent for treatment in New Mexico and never returned for assignment in Maryland. According to article he only served in Maryland for 3 years (1956-1958). Name appeared on Baltimore’s 9/02 list of accused priests and religious.
Velez-LopezAntonio JorgeBaltimore, MDTertiary Capuchin. Colombian. Worked in Colombia and U.S. Suspended from ministry in Diocese of Alexandria 2/16 pending investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct with a female minor during 8-year period while assigned to Baltimore archdiocese. Left Baltimore 2010. Admitted the allegations. On Alexandria diocese’s list 2/6/19 (name spelled “Valez-Lopez.”) Case sent to Vatican.
WehrleWilliam C.Baltimore, MDArchdiocesan files show Wehrle was accused of sexual abuse in Baltimore in the mid-1980s and removed from his parish. Wehrle worked in Baltimore from 1982-1985. He was in Pittsburgh Diocese per the 1988, 1990 and 1995 Catholic Directories. Also worked in MD. He died 8/25/95. Name was on Baltimore’s 9/02 list of accused priests and religious.
WielebskiJohn T.Baltimore, MDOrdained by Trinitarian order. Incardinated by Baltimore in 1988. Removed 12/18/09 from assignment at Resurrection of Our Lord Church in Laurel after reports by three that he abused them from mid-late 1980s. Abuse aparently occurred before and after incardination in Baltimore. Archdiocese delayed announcement until 1/10/10 to allow police to complete investigation.
Wilson/ShineJohn F/Br MariusBaltimore, MDBro. Marius. Joined the Xaverians in 1919. Named publicly as accused by the order on its list 7/12/19. Allegation reported in 2003 of abuse in Baltimore in the late 1940s. Died in 1974.
YeakleHoward F.Baltimore, MDNamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Two allegations to diocese of abuse of minors by Yeakle in the 1960s. Another allegation received in 2018. Worked in archdiocesan parishes 1951-1971. Left the priesthood in 1972. Died in 1988.

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