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Michigan Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Michigan Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Michigan 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
AdamsBenedictDetroit, MINamed in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Died 4/15/02. Worked in Wisconsin for much of his career. Adams’ name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. On the Saginaw diocese’s list 8/9/19, where he worked 6/26/63-7/29/64.
BakerJoseph (Jack)Detroit, MIPastor of St. Perpetua in Waterford Township when removed in 6/19 pending an investigation into allegations that he sexually abused a minor early in his ministry. Arrested 7/8/19, charged with “sexual-conduct penetration with a person under the age of 13.”
BenjaminHarry S.Detroit, MIRemoved from duties in 1989 after accusations he abused a 14 yr old boy during overnight pizza and beer parties at the rectory and on trip to Europe. Admitted the abuse in 11/89 resignation letter. Name not released until 5/02. Criminal charges filed in 2002; sentenced after 2003 plea agreement to 1 yr prison. Laicized in 1992 but continued to say mass without permission thru 2005. On VA Sex Offender Registry as of 7/10.
BerthiaumeGary D.Detroit, MIConvicted of abuse of two minors in 1978 in Detroit. Served six months in jail, then transferred to Cleveland diocese, where he allegedly offended again. Detroit victim filed civil suit in 1983. Another suit filed in 1999 alleging abuse in the 1980s. Was moved in 1987 to Joliet diocese, where he was allowed to work as a hospital chaplain by Bishop Imesch until 2002.The two had worked together at a Michigan parish in the 1970s. Living in an Illinois retreat house as of 2002. Laicization announced 11/07.
BiondoGael N.Detroit, MIAs a nun, Biondo was known as Sr. Mary Gael. In 1996 Archdiocese and Order settled 1 civil suit filed in 1995 in which woman alleged she was abused by Biondo as a student in a Catholic high school in 1960s – 1972 (abuse continued into the woman’s college years). Biondo eventually left the Order and married. She denied all accusations.
BjorklundBrianDetroit, MIBjorklund, a Navy Chaplain, was removed from active duty in 2003 after allegations he abused one individual in the early years of his career as priest. Man came forward in 2003. No criminal charges. Review board found charge to be substantive. Reinstated as active priest in 2/04 after Vatican ruled that, per canon law in place in 1975-1976, the alleged action “did not constitute the crime of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16.” Navy did not take him back. Died 9/25/07.
BoryczEdmund S.Detroit, MIPlaced on leave 7/02. Worked in Detroit and Livonia parishes. Assigned to Archdiocese of Military Services 1989-2001. Accused of abuse of Five youths between 1963 and 1987. Police knew of an allegation in 1987; file sealed. Placed on permanent inactive status with no privileges by Vatican in 6/06. Died 1/8/18. Name included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18 of priests and lay employees and volunteers accused of sexually abusing minors.
BrennanWilliam B.Detroit, MIPlaced on leave in 2003 after allegations of sexual misconduct during early years of ministry. Three female complainants made separate allegations. Archdiocese investigated for 9 months before determining that allegations were credible. Vatican permanently removed from active ministry per 9/05 announcement. No criminal charges because of statute of limitations. Died 2/5/12.
BuecheGaryDetroit, MIRemoved from parish assignment 4/02 after it was learned that Archdiocese had made a “secret cash settlement” several years previously to a male victime who said he had been sexually abused by Bueche (then a high school chaplain). He was moved to Archdiocesan offices for several years before being allowed to return to parish work. Named as co-conspirator in 05/04 civil case. Vatican has permanently removed from active ministry per 09/05 article.
BurkholderRobert N.Detroit, MICalled one of MI’s worst pedophiles. Abused in 1940s. 1st complaint 1968; “retired” 1985. Removed 1993 after admitting in writing to molesting at least 23 boys. Civil suits filed in 1994 (dismissed on limitations) and 1995 (settled). On sick leave per OCD but worked as Army chaplain in Hawaii from 1982. Extradited 2002; pleaded no contest. Sentenced to 30 days jail & 5 yrs probation. Permanently removed w/o privileges 2005. Named in 2 suits in HI in 2009 filed by same Plaintiff. Died 6/6/06.
CainThomas J.Detroit, MIDied 1984. The archdiocese announced on its website 10/27/14 that Cain was accused decades after his death of having sexually abused minors, and that the Archdiocesan Board of Review found the allegations to be credible. Cain worked in Pontiac, Monroe, Mt. Clemens, Detroit and from 1960-1984 in Livonia.
Conti (Helinski)Anthony (Tony) J.Detroit, MIPreviously known as A. J. “Anthony” Helinski through at least 1988. Removed 2002 after allegations of sexual misconduct with a boy under 18 more than 20 years previously. Permanently banned from ministry. Named in 2004 civil suit. Laicized in 6/06. Died 10/9/16.
CooneyArthurDetroit, MIIdentified in 6/18/13 Capuchin audit report as a current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Cooney’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he was removed from public ministry and living under supervision. On the Saginaw diocese’s list 8/9/19.
D’AngeloPatrick J.Detroit, MID’Angelo name (spelled DeAngelo) appears on 10/09 Priests and Policy Status Report from Archdiocese. Only information shown on the report is that his “situation” was “previously handled under the archdiocesan policy” and that he is deceased. He died 12/8/98.
DaltonFrank LukeDetroit, MIEntered Order 1955. Worked in British Columbia, Palma HS in Salinas CA 1964-69, 1988-99. Tutored and counseled migrant labor camp children; held camp for preteen migrant labor camp children via Franciscan Workers. Was commissioner on Monterey County Juvenile Justice Commission. Also at CFC schools in Butte, MT; Joliet, IL; Burbank, IL, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Cantwell High School, Montebello, CA. Taught and coached sports. Died 1/11/01. A man testified in a MI state hearing on SOL 5/18 that Dalton abused him at Bro Rice High School in Birmingham MI about 40 years previously, when he was a student and Dalton was principal. He said abuse included Dalton grooming him with gifts, spitting in his mouth during a private wrestling session, grabbing his testicles another time in Dalton’s car, biting him on the ear. The man said Dalton was transferred to CA after admitting that he’d had a “wet dream” about the boy.
DalyMichael J.Detroit, MIPrivileges permanently revoked 6/02 because of past accusations of sexual abuse. Daly was originally placed on leave in 1994 because of a “credible allegation” of sexual misconduct with minors. In 1996 he began working as a chaplain for the Felician Sisters in a restricted ministry. Vatican permanently barred him from active ministry 5/05. Died 1/30/12 at age 63.
de Alba CamposLuis JavierDetroit, MIde Alba, a priest of the diocese of San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico, was restricted from all ministry in Detroit in 2004 pending an investigation of allegations that he sexually abused a 7 yr old boy. Arrested 8/04 and arraigned on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Acquitted by jury trial 1/05 but still barred from duties while Archdiocese continued internal investigation. Apparently returned to his home Diocese in Mexico.
DeppHarold CharlesDetroit, MIPer May 2003 articles, Depp walked away from his church in Detroit Archdiocese in 1963 and never returned. Placed “on leave.” Never officially left the Church. In 1980s the Archdiocese learned that in 1982 Depp had been convicted of child sexual abuse and was serving eight years in an Alaskan prison. He was arrested in Calif. in 2003 on charges of abusing an 11 yr old boy in 1971 while a visiting priest from Detroit. Charges dropped 7/15/03.
DugganDennis D.Detroit, MIRemoved from parish 3/02 after “credible” allegation of abuse. He denied but admitted alcohol abuse. There have been at least 5 complaints of abuse in 1980s and 1990s. Church trial ordered by Archdiocese in 2004. Vatican has laicized Duggan per 4/20/07 announcement.
EdwardsLawrence A.Detroit, MIMan claims in May, 2004 suit that he was molested by Lawrence at St. Mary’s Church in Milford when he was between ages of 10-12. Suit also says there are numerous other victims. Archdiocese may have know of Lawrence’s behavior in 1967. He retired in 1985 and died in March, 1999.
EllinghausenJude T.Detroit, MI“Retired” with restricted ministry 6/02 because of old allegations found in his personnel file by County Prosecutor. Allegations too old for criminal charges. After retirement, one male complainant came forward to allege 3 yrs of improper touching in 1970s when he was a child. Named in 1 civil suit. Vatican permanently removed from pastoral duties in 2005.
FemminineoJoseph P.Detroit, MIKnown to have been working at all girls’ Ladywood High School in Livonia, MI in 1985-1986 and 1986-1987. It was announced in 2002 that Femminineo resigned from St. Rita Parish in Holly MI 10/20/96 after old allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct involving minors. In 5/05 Archdiocese announced that Vatican had permanently barred him from any ministry.
FoisyLeonard R.Detroit, MIFoisy’s education and career took him from his native New Hampshire to New York, Montreal, Washington DC, Maryland and Michigan. He held leadership positions as a Sulpilcian and in the diocese of Manchester, NH, where he also did parish and hospital work, In 1994 he was accused in a lawsuit of abusing a boy during 4 years in the 1960s in Michigan, when he was administrator of St. John’s Seminary in Plymouth. He was placed on sick leave in 1996. He died 4/29/16.
GleissnerLeopoldDetroit, MIIdentified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Gleissner’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he was removed from public ministry and was placed under supervision.
GrandpreLouis E.Detroit, MIRetired as pastor of St. Paul of Tarsus Parish in Clinton Township in 2003. Remained in residence as senior priest. Removed from all public ministry 9/13 after review board found accusation of sexual misconduct with a minor in early years of his career to be substantive. Matter reported to County Prosecutor. In 9/2013, SNAP released Memo of 9.22.97 from Bp. Harrington re sexual harassment case against Grandpre. Died 2/20/16.
GrosserClarence (Rudolph)Detroit, MINative of Czechoslovakia. Grew up in WI. Identified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Grosser’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he went to New York Province in 1952. Per obit, taught at Mt. Calvary minor seminary in WI in early career, then worked at parishes in Milwaukee WI, Yonkers, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, NY. Also assigned to friaries in Hudson NH and Garrison NY, then to a chapel in Springfield MA. Semi-retired 1974 to Milton MA novitiate, then Abington MA friary. Died 5/13/89.
HaenerRobert W.Detroit, MIAccused of psychologically and sexually abusing numerous boys at two parishes and two Catholic schools in 1960s and early 1970s. During investigation at one school in late 1960s several unknown priests came to school and questioned about 30 boys. Nothing else done for many years. Removed from parish 1992 and then worked as hospital chaplain. Removed in 2002. Permanently removed from ministry by Vatican in 2005.
IshakHurmiz RiskoDetroit, MIFrom Iraq. Deacon for 21 years. Assigned to St. Joseph Chaldean in Troy when arrested in 10/18, alleged to have sexually assaulted a young boy at church 5/17-10//2/18. Suspended.
JohnstonThomasDetroit, MIChurch secretary sued Johnston in 2000 saying her work contract was not renewed because her teenage son rebuffed the priest’s sexual advances in 1999. In discovery responses Johnson admitted inappropriate sexual behavior and language but denied any sexual contact. Removed from parish and sent to Illinois after allegations made.
KalinaNeilDetroit, MIOrdained for the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME). Complaint to archdiocese in 2017 that, when he was pastor of St. Kieran in Utica in the mid-1980s, Kalina plied a 12-year-old boy him with alcohol, cocaine and marijuana and fondled him during sleepovers in the rectory. Convicted in 1985 on drug offenses, sentenced in 1986 to 6 months jail and 2 years probation. Moved to CA in 1986. Left active ministry in 1993. Ran “a faith-based service program for at-risk young men.” Investigated 2018 by the MI A.G. Arrested in 5/18 in Littlerock, CA, charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct.
KareyArthur M.Detroit, MIMonsignor. Worked in Detroit, Ecorse and Orion. Police chaplain. Died in 1993. The archdiocese announced in 6/18 that it had investigated and deemed credible an allegation received the previous year that Karey had sexually abused a girl under age 16, in the early-to-mid years of his priesthood.
KaucheckKennethDetroit, MIWoman contacted Archdiocese of Detroit 1/09 alleging that Kaucheck had engaged in sexual misconduct with her in 1976 when she was 16 and in counseling with him at Guardian Angels, Clawson. Friend learned the 2 had traveled to FL together and told deacon who told Sr Pastor. Girl’s father met with Pastor; Kaucheck was transferred. After the 2009 events, Kaucheck was placed on leave effective 4/23/09; Review Board determined complaint was substantive. He resigned his positions as pastor of St Mary’s in Royal Oak and St James’ in Ferndale. Not prosecuted because girl was older than the MI age of consent at the time. In 2015, with a nun, Kaucheck founded Gianna House Pregnancy and Parenting Residence, a facility for pregnant teens in Eastpointe. According to the archdiocese, Kaucheck resigned from the center on 4/17/16. Kaucheck filed suit v SNAP and 2 newspapers 1/30/17 alleging defamation; he ‘vehemently maintained his innocence’.
Kelly, Jr.C. RichardDetroit, MIPlaced on leave 2/04 after archdiocese investigated allegations that he sexually abused a minor boy approx. 30 years before. Matter reported to civil authorities in 2003 and they notified the archdiocese. Reveiw committee found the allegations “substantive.” Leave of absence in 1973 & sabbatical in 1992. Army National Guard chaplain for 12 yrs; spent 8 months overseas during Persian Gulf War in 1991. Sued 5/04 by man who alleged abuse in 3rd grade. Permanently removed from ministry 2005.
KurczDonald/John BaptistDetroit, MIIdentified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as former friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Kurcz’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he left the order in 1958 and married.
LaeschDennisDetroit, MIEntered seminary at age 36 and there were complaints then of unwanted propositions against another student and also of violence. Accused of abusing a 17-yr-old boy in 1997, who came forward in 2002. Authorities declined to prosecute. Diocese did pay$125K settlement. Named in 2004 civil suit. Vatican permanently barred from ministry per 4/20/07 announcement.
LauingerRichardDetroit, MIThe archdiocese announced 3/28/16 credible accusations that Lauinger sexually abused minors while in ministry. A woman disclosed publicly that Lauinger raped her when she was 10 years old in the 1950s and attending Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington MI, where Lauinger was a priest. She filed a police report in 2/16; no prosecution due to statute of limitations. Lauinger also worked at parishes in Detroit, Royal Oak, Scotland, and St. Clair Shores. Left priesthood 1975 and moved from MI 1985. Per the archdiocese on 4/1/16, several victims had come forward since 1/16.
LezuchowskiWalter J.Detroit, MIBarred from working in churches after Archdiocese decided he had abused a girl over 16 in early 1990s. Sent for treatment. Archdiocese said in 2002 that he had not been active for several years but said next day that he had been working in parish for 5 years. Immediately placed him on leave. Criminal complaint made about same time. Permanently banned from ministry 2005. Died 12/29/06.
MalawyMichael D.Detroit, MIRemoved from ministry in 2004 after allegations of sexual misconduct in early years of ministry. Vatican permanently removed him from active ministry in 6/06. Died 7/24/15.
MartellDennis L.Detroit, MIPer a 9/02 Status Report from Detroit Archdiocese, Martell had been ordained for the Archdiocese but has been laicized. Name also appears on the Detroit Archdiocese Status Report of 5/04. His name appeared in 1993 Catholic Directory but not in 2002 edition.
MaxwellBruce C.Detroit, MIWorked in Indiana in 1975, Nebraska 1975-1982, Detroit 1983-1989. Navy chaplain 1989 until 9/02 when he was removed from duty for abuse of a minor. Sent to the Crosier Community in Phoenix with no ministry 2002 until his death 2/17/06. On Santa Rosa diocese’s list 1/12/19. Was USCG Training Center chaplain in Petaluma and in residence at St. James 1989-92
MiganMatthew (Anthony)Detroit, MIIdentified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Migan’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he went to New York Province in 1952. Died 2/27/58.
MillerAlfred J.Detroit, MIAllowed to officially retire in 2002 after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct in late 1960s or early 1970s. No priestly privileges because of ongoing investigation. Claims of abuse came from more than one person and involved misconduct with older male children. 1 civil suit filed in 2003 and another in 2004. Vatican permanently removed from active ministry per 9/16/05 article.
MoegleinJamesDetroit, MIIn 2002, Moeglein was one of 8 Crosiers barred from public ministry and living under restriction after allegations of sexual misconduct. He worked in the Riverview, MI area 1989-90. One 2000 article refers to Moeglein as prior of a Crosier Monastery in NE until mid-2000. Living in Crosier Community in Onamia beginning 2000 No faculties since 6/02 and (in 2014) lives under safety plan with no faculties. Name added 11/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese to list of “priests and religious brothers who have served or spent time in the archdiocese and have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them.”
MullenFrankDetroit, MIMullen, a deacon at Most Holy Trinity Parish and teacher at Holy Redeemer Parish Elementary School, was placed on leave 12/93 after complaint involving abuse of a minor which went back several years. Archdiocese Status Report of 10/09 noted that he had been laicized.
MurrayTimothy J.Detroit, MIPlaced on administrative leave w/o privileges 8/04 because of substantive allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor boy during the early years of his ministry. Archdiocese reported abuse to DA’s office but no prosecution because of statute of limitations. Has been permanently removed from active ministry per Archdiocese Status Report dated 10/09. Arrested 12/12 on federal charges of downloading and viewing child pornography. He confessed. Pled guilty 7/13. Sentenced to 15 yrs 1/23/14.
NawrockiLawrenceDetroit, MIWoman complained to regional Bishop in 1981 that Nawrocki had abused her 7th grade son. Bishop talked her out of pressing charges. Convicted 1989 of abuse of 3 Macomb Township boys in 1987 at St. Isidore Church after the parents banded together and complained. Sentenced to 4-15 yrs in prison. Released in 1994. Archdiocese said he would never be returned to active duty. Deceased per Archdiocese website accessed 10/09.
O’BrienThomasDetroit, MILimited interaction with minors as of 1989. Removed from public ministry 10/4/02 for abuse of one minor. Served in Riverview MI between 1989 and 1994. May also have abused in St. Paul, MN area where he worked 1994 – 2001. Lived under restriction and performing internal administrative duties for Crosier Generalate in Rome 1999-2007. Dismissed from Order 08/05/08. Living in Ohio as of 3/14. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese list of “priests and religious brothers who have served or spent time in the archdiocese and have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them.”
O’DeaLorenDetroit, MIOrdained in 1993 after retiring from career in social work. Given senior (retired) priest status in 1997. Served as Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington. Two complaints received 2012 and O’Dea was removed without privileges 10/12. Allegations deemed “substantive” by Review Board and date back to just prior to his ordination. Sheriff’s office notified. Died 10/14/15, age 87.
OlszewskiEdward TheodoreDetroit, MIAccused of sodomizing foster son starting at age 11. Found guilty by jury 12/18/02 of indecent liberties with a minor and innocent of sodomy charges; sentenced 1/30/03 to 3 years probation. New trial denied 3/13/03. Civil suit filed 12/22/03 in FL alleging abuse there. Conviction reversed 12/8/05 by MI Supreme Court: Olszewski “was deprived of an impartial jury.” Prosecutor did not retry because sentence mostly served. Removed from MI and FL sex-offender registries. Ministry remains restricted.
OzogThaddeusDetroit, MIFirst named publicly by the archdiocese as accused in 11/18. Three years prior and again in 2018 a man reported sexual abuse as a minor by Ozog. The archdiocesan review board deemed the allegation credible in 2018. Ozog, a monsignor, was assigned to parishes in Detroit, Birmingham, Waterford Township, Wayne, Flat Rock and Hamtramck. From 1959 to 1975 he was a teacher, registrar, dean and rector at Sacred Heart Seminary. He died in 1994.
PerroneEduardDetroit, MIPastor for 25 years of Assumption Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Suspended from ministry 7/5/19 by the archdiocese after it determined an allegation that he sexually abuse a boy decades prior had “a semblance of truth.” Perrone allegedly would invite altar boys to a lake house where he would wrestle with them in the water, sometimes groping them. He denied the allegations. Case sent to the Vatican for review. Perrone was a co-founder in 2002 of Opus Bono Sacerdotii, a group formed to support priests accused of abuse.
PhysicianThomas R.Detroit, MIIn 5/04 civil suit filed by four men against 4 priests, 1 man alleged that Physician had abused him at Precious Blood parish from age 14 to 17 in early 1970s. Physician, who retired in 2002, was placed on leave 1/3/04. Police investigated but no charges filed. Archdiocese said charges were “serious and substantive.” Deceased per Arch. website accessed 10/28/09. Died 8/23/04.
QuaneRalphDetroit, MIIn 5/02 Quane was removed from his assignment as Chaplain at Hospital in Detroit on allegations that he sexually abused a minor in early years of his ministry. He was ordered not to wear priestly garb or represent himself as a priest. Laicization announced 5/05.
RabideauJohn StevenDetroit, MIAccused of abuse. Per the Saginaw diocese’s list 8/9/19, Rabideau was prosecuted in the diocese, although he had not served there. Deceased.
SchlaeferAustinDetroit, MIIdentified in 6/18/13 Capuchin audit report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Schlaefer’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. He died 6/19/92 in Saginaw, MI. Worked in Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago. On the Saginaw diocese’s list by 8/9/19.
SchulteGaryDetroit, MIRemoved from assignment at St. Sylvester Church in Warren 10/29/11 without privileges after allegations of sexual misconduct with a 16 yr old male in 1991. Schulte was working at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Madison Heights at the time of the alleged abuse. Review board found allegations had enough validity to warrant restrictions on his privileges. No criminal charges to be filed due to SOL.
ShaferWendelin (Leslie)Detroit, MIServed as a missioner in Central America for 52 years. Part of Central American Vice Province. Retired and returned to WI. Identified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Shafer’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died 10/09/05 in Wisconsin.
ShirillaGeraldDetroit, MIAccused of abuse of at least 7 youths from 1972-1981. Named in several civil suits. Moved to Gaylord Diocese and then placed on leave in 2002. Died 2004.
SiglerJason E.Detroit, MIOrdained for Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. In Detroit and Lansing dioceses from 1968. Sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment 1960s-70s; assigned to NM parishes; abused again. Named by 45 victims in multiple lawsuits. In NM 17 men settled for $13M in 1993. Pled guilty 1983 to abuse of child; got probation and counseling. Laicized early 1980s. Many new allegations in MI in 2002. Arrested and convicted twice in MI in 2003. Included in new civil suits. Released 5/12 from jail and 11/13 from probation. Living in Albuquerque NM 2014; said in 8/14 to be living with his wife in Taylor Ranch. On sex offender list. Named in at least one new civil suit filed 8/14. Another suit filed 5/16 re alleged abuse of 10 or 11-year-old Fort Sumner NM altar boy in 1974. Suit filed 7/17 re abuse of boy in Las Vegas NM parish late 1970s for 2 years. On Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17.
SitoJosephDetroit, MIResigned in 1993 after credible allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1960s. Victim told Diocese in 1985 but nothing done. Told them again in 1993 and Sito “retired.” Banned from public ministry after treatment at two facilities. Criminally charged in 1999 with molesting a 17 yr old youth. Sito pleaded guilty to lesser charge and paid a fine. Would still say mass on occasion. Laicization announced 1/12/04. Died 1/4/16, age 80, in car crash outside of Detroit.
SmetanaJosephDetroit, MISpent 31 yrs as priest in Nicaragua. Identified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Smetana’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Has been removed from public ministry and is living under supervision.
SpaderRobertDetroit, MIIdentified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as former friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Spader’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. He left the order at some point.
SparacinoFrancisDetroit, MIIdentified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Sparacino’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Served most of career as provincial tailor for province of St. Joseph. Living in 8/13 under supervision in a nursing home. Died 1/19/15.
StewartKennethDetroit, MIIdentified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as former friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Stewart’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Audit reported that he had been removed from ministry and placed under supervision. He left the order and was laicized at some point. On the Saginaw diocese’s list by 8/9/19, where he was assigned 1973-74.
SzottTimothy J.Detroit, MIPlaced on leave 2/03 after church volunteer found child pornography on his computer. Arraigned 6/03 and posted bail before returning to treatment at St. Luke’s. In 9/03 he was sentenced to 18 mo. probation after pleading no contest to possession of child pornography. Permanently removed from ministry 2005. Sued 4/08 for abuse of 1 youth in 1999. Plaintiff had just turned 18. Other complaints too old to prosecute. Died 8/08 in AZ. Sued again 11/08.
TyminskiJan (John)Detroit, MIOrdained in Poland. Arrived in the U.S. in 1950. Retired 1976. Died 1984. Named publicly by the archdiocese as accused in 5/19. The archdiocese said it received an allegation over ten years prior, after Tyminski’s death. A second victim came forward in early 2019. The Review Board deemed the allegations credible.
Van der LindenPeter J.Detroit, MIPublicly named for first time in Archdiocesean press release 10/02. He was removed in 1993 after “serious and substantive allegation of sexual misconduct dating back to the early years of his ministry.” He had been on medical leave of absence since 1991 but had begun working part time at Cardinal Mooney High School, Marine City, in 1993 per his assignment record. Permanently removed from ministry 5/05. Died Feb. 2007.
VentlineLawrence M.Detroit, MIRemoved from public ministry in 2016 due to allegations he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy in 1989-90 when he was a parish pastor. In 5/19 Michigan A.G. Dana Nessel announced that Ventline would be charged, along with four other priests, with criminal sexual conduct. She also said she was suspending Ventline’s counseling license, which prompted him to say he would sue. Ventline denied the allegations, saying he was a victim.
VesnaughGerald JohnDetroit, MIForced from priesthood 1975 after molesting children. COnviction 1979 with suspended sentence & 2 yrs probation. Law license suspended in 1980 and revoked in 1982. Charged again in 1981 with 3 counts of sexual assault and wound up serving 2 1/2 years of a 5- to 15- year sentence. Released from prison. Moved to OK in 1996; offended & arrested. Fled to Canada. Abused 2 boys and arrested. Sentenced to 3 yrs prison 1996.
WalshHarold (Harry) A.Detroit, MIOrdained in Ireland as Redemptorist. Worked in Davenport, Detroit, Chicago & St. Paul. Woman told Detroit in 1994 (and in 2002 & 2011) that he had abused her when she was 15 & he was at Holy Redeemer parish in mid-1960s. Walsh says he has proved he was still living in monastery in Ireland at the time. Worked in St. Paul for many years and allegedly abused a boy there. Also denied abusing the boy in St. Paul. Woman received a settlement in 1996. Neither Archdiocese did anything. Left active ministry 2005. Laicized 8/12/12. Taught sex education in St Paul area until 01/31/14. Name on St Paul list revised 2/17/14.
WestDavid F.Detroit, MIArchdiocese announced in 12/15 a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a male minor in the 1970s by West, who died in 2004 at age 65. Per the announcement West served in about 20 parishes.
WilliamsRonald R.Detroit, MIAccused in 6/02 of getting a male minor drunk and attempting to perform oral sex on the boy. Williams was suspended and, investigative files reveal, two other men then came forward to the prosecutor. One alleged similar abuse in 1979 at age 16. The other alleged Williams fondled his bottom at age 17 in 1984. No charges filed because SOL expired. Vatican permanently barred from active ministry per 4/20/07 announcement. Died 7/6/10.
WitkowskiRobertDetroit, MIRetired in 2013. Restricted from public ministry in 10/18 due to credible allegations that he sexually abused minors early in his career.
WolfJames C.Detroit, MICivil suit alleges Wolf, Jim Buser and Gale Leifeld molested a man while he was a student at a Capuchin run high school and after graduation. The plaintiff is now a counselor for men abused by clergy and claims his therapy in 1992 revealed flashbacks. Case tried in 1995. Jury decided it was not filed within statute of limitations. Two of priests admitted abusing other boys but not Plaintiff in this case.
WysockiJames R.Detroit, MIPlaced on leave 2003 after review of old allegation of sexual misconduct involving a minor. When allegation first raised, officials didn’t have enough info to proceed. It is now deemed “substantive” after further investigation. Allegation is at least15 yrs old and incident is said to have occurred just after Wysocki’s 1967 ordination. 2nd allegation of abuse in early 1970s of teenage youth was made in 2004. Vatican ordered church trial. Vatican permanently barred from ministry per 4/20/07 announcement
WyzgoskiRobertDetroit, MIRemoved 2002 as “retired.” Accused of abuse of teenage girls in 1960s. Parents were complaining of his behavior as early as 1973. Named in civil suit in 2004. In 2005 the Vatican upheld Cardinal Maida’s decision to permanently remove him from pastoral duties. Died of heart attack 1/07.
ZachHilaryDetroit, MIIdentified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Zach’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claimsagainst him. Spent several years at St. Lawrence Seminary as teacher and novice master. Then became hospital chaplain. Died 3/22/97.
BarrettPatrick J.Gaylord, MIBarrett was placed on leave in 2002 after complaint that he molested a boy 30 years prior. Abuse alleged to have taken place outside the diocese. Investigating committee said charges were credible. Barrett died 3/06. On diocese’s list 11/10/18. Noted to have been permanently removed from public ministry in 2002.
GronowskiRonald VincentGaylord, MIOrdained for the Diocese of Saginaw. Became priest of the Gaylord diocese when it was created in 1971. Resigned in 5/02 after a review of his personnel file showed allegations in 1995 that he was involved in sexual misconduct with a teenager in the 1970s. He admitted his behavior and apologized publicly. On diocese’s list 11/10/18. Noted to have been permanently removed from public ministry in 2002. On the Saginaw diocese’s list 4/10/19.
HarnishLionel A.Gaylord, MIFirst named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/10/18. Removed from ministry in 1986. Died 2007.
HoltzJames A.Gaylord, MIHoltz resigned from his position 8/02 after the diocese investigated a report that he had sexually abused a minor in early 1980s while under the influence of alcohol. He had received treatment for alcohol abuse in the mid-1980s. Had been adjutant judicial vicar on the Diocesan Tribunal. Permanently removed in 2002. Reportedly, Bishop Raica was told in 2016 that Holtz was working as a sacristan and was seen helping an altar boy with his belt.
MarciulionisBenedict J.Gaylord, MIFirst named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/10/18. Removed from ministry in 1981. Died 2000.
Olschaysken/OlschauskenLeoGaylord, MIFirst named publicly as accused on the Diocese of Gaylord’s list 11/10/18. Noted to have been removed from the diocese and returned to his Order in 1974. Deceased. The Official Catholic Directories show him as a priest of the Grand Rapids diocese, “On Duty Outside the Diocese” in 1974. The Directories consistently spell his name “Olschausken.” He first appears in the 1963 Directory, as chaplain of Mercy Hospital in Cadillac, MI, Diocese of Grand Rapids.
PilarskiRaymond JohnGaylord, MIOrdained for the Saginaw diocese, Pilarski priest of the Gaylord diocese at its creation in 1971. He retired in 1998. Diocese announced in 2/07 his permanent removal from ministry in 2006 due to allegations of abuse involving 13- and 22-year-old females in the mid-1970s. Vatican agreed with decision to permanently remove him from active ministry. He died 10/19/17 in Alpena, MI. On diocese’s list 11/10/18. On Saginaw diocese’s list 4/10/19.
RaymondTerrence AndrewGaylord, MIOrdained for the Diocese of Saginaw. Became priest of the Diocese of Gaylord when it was created in 1971. Left the priesthood in 1985. Died in 1986. First named publicly as accused by the Gaylord diocese on its list 11/10/18. On the Saginaw diocese’s list by 8/9/19.
RhodeLaurus R.Gaylord, MIFirst named publicly as accused on the Diocese of Gaylord’s list 11/10/18. Noted to have been removed from the diocese and returned to his Order in 1993. Died in 1995.
SmithRobert GordonGaylord, MIOrdained for the Diocese of Gaylord. Became a Saginaw diocese priest when it was created in 1971. First named publicly as accused by the Gaylord diocese on its list 11/10/18. Died in 6/24/80. On the Saginaw diocese’s list 4/10/19. It notes that he was previously removed from publicly ministry.
TupperJohnGaylord, MIOrdained for Grand Rapids. Joined Gaylord when it was created. Worked there until he retired. From 1980-1989, he performed missionary work in Brazil with the Franciscan Friars. He was a member of the order from 1986-1989. Faculties were removed 8/02 after officials were contacted by a person who charged that he was involved in inappropriate conduct involving a minor approx. 30 years before. During investigation, a second person came forward with allegations. He denied all accusations. Died 07/27/04.
Unnamed (in MI)PriestGaylord, MIRemoved 2002. Accused of abuse.
AertsDaniel C.Grand Rapids, MIIn 4/02 Aerts admitted to sexual misconduct with teen in 1979 while serving at St. Thomas and Holy Spirit parishes in Grand Rapids. Apparently the victim sent him a letter in 2002 and he forwarded it to Diocese. He resigned from his position. Bishop said there was no prior knowledge of abuse.
AlvestefferEugene F.Grand Rapids, MIAlvesteffer’s name appeared on list of priests from Grand Rapids Diocese in May, 2002. There apparently was single allegation while Alvesteffer was serving in Ludington in 1970s. Per the 1988 Catholic Directory he was “on special assignment”. Died 1/18/98.
AntekeierCharlesGrand Rapids, MIRetired 2000. Alleged to have sexually abused a minor 1984-85 while pastor of St. James in Grand Rapids. Permanently removed from ministry in 8/15, ordered to lead a ‘life of prayer and penance.” Per 8/15 news report, also accused of abuse, including rape, of a prepubescent St. James altar boy in the early 1970s. The alleged victim’s father said that, as a result of the abuse, his son was an alcoholic by age 14, became violent and spent time in prison. When he became sober in his 40s, he told his father of the abuse. The father said he told the D.A. and the church, but nothing happened.
BaudoneLouisGrand Rapids, MI“Substantiated” charges exist that Baudone molested two children in 1981 in Muskegon County. He “retired” from his duties in 1993 when allegations first surfaced. Privileges not removed until 2002. Additional allegations of old abuse became public 3/08.
BeasShamaunGrand Rapids, MIBeas, an extern priest from Pakistan, was arrested 5/04 in an Internet sting and charged with soliciting sex over the Internet from someone he believed to be a 14 yr old girl. Had previously exhibited “questionable behavior” and sent for therapy. Sentenced to 5 to 20 years 3/06 Later sentenced to 1 yr for abuse of 1 girl. Withdrew guilty plea to add’l charges in another county 7/08. Girl’s sister also alleges abuse. Sentenced to another 16-24 mo. 10/08 for abuse of both sisters.
BryceVincent W.Grand Rapids, MIMan accused Bryce 4/02 of abusing him in approx. 1977. The complaint was made to the Chicago office of the Dominican Order who notified the Diocese of Grand Rapids, MI where Bryce was serving. Bryce was immediately removed from duty and returned to the Order’s headquarters. The abuse occurred in another (unspecified) state. Apparently Bryce admitted to the charge. Per 2007 article, he is still an ordained priest. Last known to be living at St. Louis Univ’s Jesuit Hall. .
BurStanislausGrand Rapids, MIAccused in 1992 of molesting an Ionia altar boy in 1958. Grand Rapids diocese found accusations credible; paid up to $1,000/mo for man’s therapy for several years. Bur, then in Saginaw Diocese, was removed from active ministry. Permanent suspension, assigned to life of prayer and penance 11/05. Additional allegations of old abuse made public in 3/08. Died 2/1/09.
HartwigLawrenceGrand Rapids, MI5/02 article says that Grand Rapids diocese had substantiated allegations against Hartwig and 7 other priests. Hartwig, who is deceased, was named in single allegation which took place in Muskegon in 1982. No other information is available. Per the 1998 and 1990 Catholic Directories, Hartwig was on duty outside the Diocese. He seems to be in the Springfield, MA diocese per 1990 Directory and back in Grand Rapids per the 1995 Catholic Directory.
HeydensDonald J.Grand Rapids, MIIn the early 1990s, the diocese substantiated four allegations of abuse involving young girls in the early 1970s. The diocese made out of court settlements in 1989 and 1994. Heydens remained active as a priest until he was removed from position as of 8/02. He was on restricted duty running the diocese’s program for deacons.
HostRichardGrand Rapids, MIIn 11/88 civil suit woman accused Host and her ex-husband of molesting her four and six-year old boys over a two year period of time. Suit also included claims against USCC and NCCB (catholic conferences). No information found as to results of litigation. Host still active parish priest per 2002 Catholic Directory and the Diocesan website accessed on May 28, 2004.
KensholJoseph W.Grand Rapids, MI1995 civil suit accused Kenshol of giving adolescent boys full body oil massages in the rectory of Sacred Heart Parish. Claims were later settled for undisclosed amount after underlying suits were dismissed by Court and Appeals Court. Diocese said behavior was “immature and inappropriate, indicating poor judgment but nothing more.” He was allowed to return to duty. Still active as of 1/11 per Grand Rapids website.
LeBlancDavid E.Grand Rapids, MILeBlanc resigned from his parish in 1/07 after admitting to Bishop Hurley that he had abused a pre-teen boy in 1971. The accusation was brought to diocese in 1993 and LeBlanc admitted it then. Apparently then-Bishop Rose did nothing. Matter brought to light in 1/07 when Bishop went through personnel files. In 4/19 a man stated publicly that LeBlanc molested him at a Caledonia parish in 1999, when he was age 12. No prosecution due to the statute of limitations.
McKennaMichaelGrand Rapids, MIPermanently removed from all ministry in 12/06 after allegations he abused one child in 1970s. Took sabbatical in 2002 and was placed on medical leave in 2003 before allegations arose. Diocese has found accusations to be credible. Multiple transfers throughout his career. Apparently there are “several” victims per the Bishop. Prosecutors say evidence shows abuse but statute of limitations prohibits criminal prosecution. Additional allegations of old abuse became public in March, 2008.
WagnerDennis A.Grand Rapids, MIPled guilty in 1983 to assault and battery of a 13-year-old boy during a tubing trip. Given two years probation and received counseling. Apparently admitted in 1983 that he had molested more than one boy. A man told the diocese in the early 1990 that Wagner raped him in a lake in 1985. No criminal charges due to SOL. Diocese gave the man money for therapy. Wagner was allowed to work as a canon lawyer in Diocesan Tribunal Office. Suspended in 5/02. Diocese received six substantiated allegations. Agreed to ask for laicization.
VellianJacobKalamazoo, MIPriest of the Archeparchy of Kottayam, India, of the Syro-Malabar Church. Per USCCB Advisory, Vellian was working in Kalamazoo on temporary basis in 1973-1974. Diocese said in Fall 2010 it had recently received an allegation of sexual abuse of a female minor by Vellian. Review Board concluded the charges had merit. His accuser said she told the diocese in 2002, and that a priest walked in on them during an assault in 1973. Vellian had been in active ministry in various dioceses in the US in the recent past. In 9/11 he was said to be living in Kerala India’s Kottayam district, in a Kaduthuruthi seminary. Charged in 5/19, after MI A.G. investigation, with rape of a 15-year-old girl in the early 1970s. A.G. to seek extradition from India.
WhiteLeroy E.Kalamazoo, MIAccused in 1991 of sexually touching a female minor. Also accused of touching several women. Sent for treatment out of state and returned to ministry. Reportedly retired 1994 and worked in Lansing diocese while in residence at parish there. Removed again in 2002 for the 1991 allegation. Restricted in 2004 by Vatican from working in Kalamazoo area. Retired in Lansing diocese.
BoardwayAlphonseLansing, MIIn 2002 a man alleged publicly that he was raped by Boardway at age 16 in 1968. He said he told the Franciscans in 1985, and that they sent him $650. He contacted them again in 1988, with little response. In 1992 he contacted the Diocese of Lansing; there is no record of meeting. Boardway was sent by his order in the early 1990s to treatment. His accuser settled with the order in 1994 for $107.8K. Boardway also worked in TX, IN, IL, WI, NE. and NM. At least one other alleged victim. Boardway was murdered in 1997 while living in AZ. On the Lubbock diocese’s list 1/31/19; noted to have worked there 1987 until 1989, when he was removed from ministry. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 6/24/19, where he worked in 1989.
BoyerGerald F.Lansing, MIin 9/03 man accused Boyer of raping him in 1961 at age 12. Man was altar boy and helped at weekday mass. Boyer asked him to stay and talk and then raped him. Man told his parents and they asked him to keep matter quiet. Per the man, Boyer shot and killed himself in approx. 1973.
CoughlinKenneth (Ken) F.Lansing, MIRemoved 5/14 from Church of the Holy Family parish in Grand Blanc MI after allegations he had inappropriately touched the hands and legs of two students. Coughlin denied the allegations. Investigation by MI CPS. Matter turned over to Grand Jury. Went on leave of absence, entered treatment/evaluation at bishop’s request. In 10/14 county prosecutor said there was no basis for criminal charges.
CrowleyTimothy M.Lansing, MIAccused of sexual misconduct with an altar boy beginning age 10, 1982-90. Allegedly threatened to kill the boy if he told. Removed from his Lansing, MI parish in 1993. Lansing diocese settled with the the alleged victim in 1993 for $200,000. In 1995 Crowley was given permission to work in AK with full approval from Archbishop Hurley. Removed in 2002 after Dallas Bishops Conference. Criminal charges considered in 2003 in MI, but not filed. After MI A.G. investigation, arrested 5/8 in Tempe, AZ. Charged with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct.
DeLorenzoVincentLansing, MIDeLorenzo resigned his position 1/02 and admitted 3/02 to inappropriate sexual contact in the late 1970s with an 8-year-old boy, continuing over a period of 5 years. Sent to treatment. DA’s office did not prosecute. In 2/04 another man said he was abused at age 5 on one occasion in 1987. Incident was reported to the diocese 11/03. Police did not prosecute, citing unusual circumstances that required corroboration to prove the case. Possibly working in secular job in Hollywood, FL as of 1/12. Eight known accusers as of 5/19. Criminal charges filed 5/23/19 related to allegations of sexual abuse over 5 years of a boy in Burton, beginning when the boy was age 5 or 6 in 1995.
GregoryJeffreyLansing, MIMan says Gregory performed oral sex on him in 1966. Man settled with the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1995 for $10,000 in psychiatric care. Lansing Diocese was not involved in settlement. Gregory lives in nursing home in California. Police notified in 2002 but no charges were filed. Matters were too old to investigate and/or prosecute.
HealyTerrenceLansing, MIHealy pled no contest in Livingston County to molestation charges 12/87 and spent 4 1/2 yrs in prison. May have abused in earlier assignment. Per 2/04 article, allgations were made (in 2002 or 2003??) in Lansing Diocese against Healy who served in Grand Blanc at one time.
MartinJohnLansing, MITwo men came to Diocese 6/10 to allege abuse by Martin. Notices were placed in two church bulletins and four more accusers came forward. All alleged abuse in 1950s-early 1960s. Martin served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Morrice before going to St. Isidore Parish in Laingsburg from 1941 to 1966 He retired in 1966 when church burned down and died in 1968. Thus far, all of the accuers are from Laingsburg. Bishop said he believes allegations to be true.
NovakJames M.Lansing, MIPer news article 8/24/10, Novak was accued of abuse and permanently removed from ministry. No date given for either. He was known to have served at St. Therese of Lisieux in North Lansing and at St. Mary in Westphalia
SloweyJohnLansing, MIAttorney for one man announced 8/24/10 that he had settled a claim against Slowey (who died in 1983) and the Diocese for $225K. Abuse took place when Plaintiff was 5-6 yrs old and lived at St. Vincent Home for Children (orphanage) in the mid-1950s. Diocese said this was only allegation against Slowey. It also said it could not verify the accusations but settled to cover “healing expenses.”
Sullivan (Bp)James S.Lansing, MIIn 6/02, Sullivan, who had been Bishop of Fargo ND, was accused fondling a youth in 1966 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in East Lansing MI. Same Plaintiff settled with Christian Brothers in 1995 over abuse allegations against Br. Jeffrey Gregory. Sullivan denied the charges and Diocese said it did not believe the allegations because the man didn’t tell them sooner. Sullivan retired as Bishop of Fargo 3/18/02 after diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and died 6/06.
SzymanskiEdgarLansing, MINamed publicly as accused by his order on its list 6/12/19. It notes multiple allegations received in 1999 and 2018 of abuse in the 1940s and 1950s in MI. Died 12/8/98. Per his obituary, Szymanksi was chaplain at Boysville in Clinton, MI 1951-59.
CarneJoseph D.Marquette, MIResigned 7/02 following a credible allegation of sexual misconduct involving a minor 27 years prior. Placed on health-related leave of absence. Permanently removed from ministry 4/02, per diocese’s list 12/13/18. Died in Point Mills, MI 5/13/19.
CraigRichard T.Marquette, MINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 12/13/19. Permanently removed from ministry in 9/93.
HartmanDonaldMarquette, MIIn 2/11, man picketed Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Marquette saying he was abused on multiple occasions by Hartman in Champion in approx. 1960. Hartman was forced to leave the parish but surfaced again as an active priest in Caspian in 1980s. Hartman died in 1999.
HasenbergAloysius J.Marquette, MIAfter 9/08 accusation that he abused a male minor, 86-yr-old Hasenberg was removed from ministry in Watersmeet and out of his residence at rectory 10/08. He had officially retired in 1990s. Diocese conduced preliminary investigation and said allegation had a “semblance of truth.” No information on dates of abuse or age of victim. Matter will be referred to the Vatican. Died 1/24/16, age 92.
HoefgenRaymond J.Marquette, MIPermanently removed 5/02 after diocese received substantiated allegation he molested two minors approx. 25 yrs previously. Died 1.17.12.
JacobsGary A.Marquette, MINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 9/26/16. Removed from ministry in 12/88. Laicized in 2010.
LaCosseNorbert PaulMarquette, MIPled guilty to 4 counts of abusing altar boy from 1988-1990. Charges filed in three counties but dropped in 1. Sentenced to 3-15 years on each count. LaCosse was treated at St. Luke’s for 6 months between time charges filed and sentencing. Per 2002 news article, he served 6 1/2 yrs in prison and was released. Registered sex offender in MI beginning 1995. Died 7/21/14 at a Marquette Nursing Center.
LenzFrank M.Marquette, MIRetired 2007. Placed on administrative leave 4/2/18 after diocese received “credible” accusation against him of sexual misconduct with a girl in the 1970s. Lenz denied the accusations. On diocese’s list 12/13/18.
LePineClement J.Marquette, MIAccused of abuse of at least 2 girls in 1960s and 1970s. Diocese said in 2005 that charges were valid. Diocese agreed to remove his name from the parish hall at St. Joseph Parish in Ishpeming where he served from 1957-1986. Died 2000.
MenapaceJames LMarquette, MIDiocese announced 9/23/14 that three people had come forward with accusations that Menapace sexually abused them as boys in the 1990s, after his retirement. Retired 1996. First allegations emerged in 2000 and Menapace placed on restricted ministry. Permanently removed from ministry in 7/02. On diocese’s list 12/13/19.
ThorenGuy S.Marquette, MIRemoved 6/02 after Diocese said it had substantiated an allegation of abuse of a minor dating back more than 25 years. Thoren had just been transferred into a new parish to replace Joseph Carne who had been removed because of sexual abuse allegations.No info on age or gender of the alleged victim..
Van der SchuerenBernardMarquette, MIOriginally from Belgium. Died in 2009. Diocese of Marquette announced 11/15/13 that it had received a credible accusation of abuse of a minor by Fr. Ben in 1989 while he filled in at St. Michael Parish in Marquette. Allegation was reported to the Jesuit Order and to county prosecutor’s office.
DeLandRobert, Jr.Saginaw, MIArrested 2/25/18. Suspended. Police report 8/17 of sex assault of a 21-year-old man. Parents of a 17-year-old boy told police concerns re DeLand and their son. DeLand arrested after boy went undercover. Allegedly gave the boy alcohol and ecstasy. “Nearly half a dozen” more people reported to police attempted and actual sex abuse, some 3 decades prior; some minors, at least one girl. Diocese knew of “rumors” in 1992. Investigated by Review Board 2005 after woman reported her brother, who died by suicide in 1993, may have been abused in the 1970s. Deemed “unfounded.” Suit filed 3/18 by 17-year-old male. Arrested again 4/18; some charges re alleged sex assault of a 17- or 18-year-old male in 5/17. His father says he reported incident to diocese, but no response. Pled no contest 9/18 in plea deal. Withdrew plea several weeks later. Acquitted in 3/19 of assault of two teens. Pled no contest 3/26 to earlier withdrawn plea, avoiding trial. Sentenced in 4/19 to 2 to 15 years in prison.
DombrowskiRonald J.Saginaw, MISuspended 3/15/18 after diocese was contacted by someone claiming sexual abuse as a minor by Dombrowski .
HowardRichard L.Saginaw, MIOrdained to permanent diaconate 9/10/77. Taught at All Saints High School in Bay City, assigned to St. Stanislaus parish. Faculties suspended 4/18/88, laicized 2/17/06. Name released by diocese in 4/18 as cleric permanently removed due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
KalaharMartin IgnatiusSaginaw, MINamed publicly as accused by the Saginaw diocese on its list 4/10/19. Ordained for the Grand Rapids diocese. Died 4/13/66. Noted to have been accused after his death.
KucharczykDennisSaginaw, MIPlaced on leave in 5/19 for “misconduct” with a minor “years ago.” Police had informed the diocese over a year prior, in 3/18, of allegations against Kucharczyk. Further, his accuser said she had contacted a nun with the Office of Child and Youth Protection around 2010, but no response. The woman alleged that, beginning when she was a first or second grader at a Midland parish in the 1980s, Kucharczyk would hug and kiss her on the cheek, hold her hand, give her small gifts, and once had her sit on his lap in a darkened classroom then put his arms around her waist and hands on her inner thighs. She said his behavior continued for years, including sending her “gushy and lovey” letters, emails and texts. He also officiated at her wedding where she said he kissed her on the lips. Kucharczyk denied the allegations.
LeipertJack J.Saginaw, MINamed publicly by Saginaw bishop Cistone in 4/18 as a former priest having been permanently removed from ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Faculties withdrawn 6/01. Laicized 2006. Per news source 5/2/18, Leipert was investigated after being accused in 11/00 of the sex abuse of 21-year-old male.
MarronJames AndrewSaginaw, MINamed publicly as accused by the Saginaw diocese on its list 4/10/19. Missionary in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania for forty years, beginning in 1928. Per his obituary, was working at age 65 as a hospital chaplain in Bay City, MI, was in Ferndale after two years, then returned to Bay City. Retired in 1986 to Bethel Park, PA. Died 11/17/87. Noted to have been accused after his death.
McHughFrancis B.Saginaw, MINamed publicly as accused by the Saginaw diocese on its list 4/10/19; assigned to an Essexville parish 1954-62. Included on the St. Norbert’s Abbey Norbertines in WI list 7/19/19. One allegation noted. Died 9/5/98.
MulveyJames AloysiusSaginaw, MIOrdained for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Died 11/7/1959. Named publicly as accused by the Saginaw diocese on its list 4/10/2019. Allegation made after Mulvey’s death.
O’ConnorNeil FrancisSaginaw, MIOrdained for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Died 3/8/89. Named publicly as accused by the Saginaw diocese on its list 8/12/19. Allegation noted to have been received after O’Connor’s death.
RyanThomas WilliamSaginaw, MIOrdained for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Died 1/25/75. Named publicly as accused by the Saginaw diocese on its list 4/10/19. Allegation noted to have been received after Ryan’s death.
StoffelElmerSaginaw, MINamed publicly as accused by the Diocese of Saginaw on its list in 2019. Assigned to the diocese 1958-1970. Died 12/2/92.
SzafranskiRichard T.Saginaw, MIAccused in 4/06 of sexual misconduct with a minor female in the mid-1970s. Placed on leave. He admitted to “a relationship” with the girl. He was 27 and she was 16-17 (or 13 per one article). No criminal charges will be pursued as of 7/06 but diocese had not yet completed investigation. Added to the diocese’s list 4/10/19. Noted by 8/9/19 to have been permanently removed from ministry.
SzarekJosephSaginaw, MIOrdained of the Archdiocese of Krakaw, Poland. Named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Saginaw on its list in 2019. Noted to have worked briefly in the diocese. Removed from ministry in the Saginaw diocese in 1958, later worked in the Diocese of Albany. Died 5/15/99.
WilkuskiLeonard F.Saginaw, MIWilkuski resigned from parish and was placed on leave 5/02 after acknowledging an allegation of sexual misconduct which occurred “much earlier” in his ministry. Laicized 2/17/06, per diocese.

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