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Minnesota Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Minnesota Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Minnesota 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
BourassaStanley C.Crookston, MNOn 1/24/14, the Crookston diocese released a list of accused persons, including Bourassa, who previously was not publicly known to be accused. The diocese provided no information about the allegations against Bourassa. He was trained at Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary in St. Paul and St. John’s University/Seminary in Collegeville. Bourassa worked in the Crookston diocese his entire career, as a parish priest, high school teacher, and diocesan school administrator. He was made monsignor on 4/11/90. Died 8/11/04. Accused in a 5/16 lawsuit of sexually abusing a minor 1965-68 while at Sacred Heart in East Grand Forks.
BoydRichard (Rick)Crookston, MNConvicted in 1984 of possession of hundreds of items, including about 20 magazines, plus photos and albums, of teenage boys younger than 18 engaged in sex, court records show. Completed 2-year probation and 6-month treatment at a Catholic facility in MA. Responding to concerns of parishioners in 2003, the Crookston review board found no evidence of abuse. A police investigation found photos of nude young men, not evidently underage, posted by Boyd on the internet. Boyd denied wrongdoing. He took indefinite leave of absence and resigned from parish in 2003 saying ‘innuendo and gossip’ destroyed his credibility as minister. Laicized by the CDF. As of 2007, Boyd’s appeal was pending.
CarriereHenry G.Crookston, MNPleaded guilty 12/91 to three counts of child sexual abuse. Carriere was pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Rouseau, MN at the time. Retired 7/90. Died 11/03.
FoleyGerald K. (Jerry)Crookston, MNFoley admitted, some time before 2005, to sexual misconduct in the 1970s and early 1980s with women in his pastoral care. By 2005, Vicar General McDonough of St Paul and Minneapolis was aware that at least one of those women was ‘as young as 17,’ and that some of the women whom Foley ‘exploited’ were known to Foley through Retrouvaille, a marriage renewal program. Foley had been a leader of Retrouvaille at least from 1984 to 2005. He was laicized on 9/22/06. In the 1960s and 1970s, he had been Director of Crookston’s Catholic Social Services Association, and for a year or two in the late 1970s he was the Executive Director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, based in Des Moines IA. Foley was transferred in 1985 from the Diocese of Crookston to the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis, where he was a chaplain at St Joseph Hospital in St Paul until about 2004. In these years he was listed by Crookston as ‘on duty outside the diocese.’
GormlyCharles J.Crookston, MNNative of Ireland, ordained for Cheyenne, WY diocese. Left WY mid-1940s. Accused in claim filed 12/14 of sexual misconduct with child at St. Francis in Brainerd MN, early 1960s. Worked in diocesan parishes 1960-1961. Removed and sent to psychiatric hospital in Milwaukee. Records released in 11/15 indicate he worked and abused in Crookston diocese, likely in 1950s, prior to transfer to Duluth. Had been sent to Via Coeli in NM for treatment. Letters written by Duluth bishop Francis Schenk in 1960 and 1961 stated Gormly had a history of molesting small girls. In 1960 Schenk wrote that despite Gormly’s [poor ] record in Crookston he wanted “to give him one more chance.” Gormly worked under Schenk in both Crookston and Duluth. Gormly died in 1968. On the Cheyenne diocese’s list 6/12/19.
GrundhausRogerCrookston, MNMonsignor, former Vicar General. Retired 2010. Publicly accused 5/17. A man seeking to train as a deacon said he told Bishop Hoeppner in 2010 that Grundhaus sexually abused him in 1971 on a trip to Ohio, when the man was a 16-yr-old boy. The man filed suit against Hoeppner and the diocese in 5/17, claiming Hoeppner blackmailed him by telling him to keep it quiet or he would not become deacon and that his priest-son’s career would be harmed. He said Hoeppner had him sign a letter in 2015 rescinding the allegation against Grundhaus. The man said he signed it to protect his son, a Crookston priest. The diocese denied coercion, and said they reported Grundhaus’ abuse allegations to police in 2011. Attorney Jeff Anderson said Grundhaus’ name was not on a court-ordered list of accused priests given to his office in 10/15. Grundhaus suspended as of 5/17. Diocese settled with the man in 9/17; there was no admission of wrongdoing by Hoeppner, as a condition of the settlement.
JeyapaulJoseph PalanivelCrookston, MNIndia native. In Crookston diocese 2004. Diocese knew rumors by 8/04. Abruptly returned to India 9/05; given job by bishop overseeing schools. In 2006, girl told diocese he abused her many times 2004-05, age 14, including rape and forced oral sex. Per diocese, allegations credible. She sued 7/09; settled 9/11 for $750K. Another girl said he sexually assaulted her on her 16th birthday, 2005. Sued; settled. Vatican recommended laicization; Bishop in India refused. Suspended from ministry in India 2010. Arrested 3/12 on Interpol warrant. Extradited to US 11/14 to face charges in both cases. Pled guilty 5/15 to the 2005 sex assault of 16-yr-old girl; sentenced to 1 yr; freed due to time served. No conviction in other case due to plea deal. Deported to India. Bishop Arulappan Amalraj in Ootacamund, India, lifted suspension 1/16, citing consultation with Vatican’s CDF. MN victim filed fed suit 4/19/16 vs India diocese. She won 10/16. As part of terms, diocese removed him.
PlakutCasimirCrookston, MNName released by St. John’s Abbey in 9/17 as added to its list of those “likely to have offended against minors.” Plakut worked in the dioceses of St. Cloud, Crookston, Duluth, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Nassua in the Bahamas, as chaplain in the US Army and at Harvard Univ. He left St. John’s in 1962. Also worked in KY, NE, TX, SD and Ontario Canada. Also used name Rev. Francis J. Michael. Died in 1988.
ReidFrancis R. (Frank)Crookston, MNOn 1/24/14, the Crookston diocese released a list of accused persons, including Reid, who previously was not publicly known to be accused. The diocese provided no information about the allegations against him. He was trained at Mount St Bernard Seminary in Dubuque IA and St Procopius Seminary in Lisle IL. Reid was ordained in Omaha but worked in the Crookston diocese his entire career as a parish priest. He was reportedly removed from ministry on 7/1/92 but is subsequently listed in the Official Catholic Directory as in residence at St Michael’s in Mahnomen 1992-1997, after which he is listed as living in Park Rapids. After the USCCB’s Dallas meeting, he was dropped from the Directory in 2003, only to reappear with his death on 11/15/07.
StrubAugustine JohnCrookston, MNName released by St. John’s Abbey 9/19/17 as added to its list of monks “most likely to have offended minors.” Worked in the Crookston, Duluth and St Cloud dioceses and the Archdiocese of Mexico City. Left the priesthood in 1961-62. Died 7/17/15.
SullivanPatrick A.Crookston, MNAssigned to St. Eizabeth’s in Dilworth and St. Andrew’s in Hawley when placed on leave in 4/16 during investigation of accusation that he sexually abused a 15-yr-old boy in 2008. Abuse said to have occurred at St. Mary’s Mission on Red Lake Reservation. Sullivan denied the accusation. No charges filed. Reinstated 12/17 after diocese determined allegation was not credible.
AntusRolandDuluth, MNDiocese announced in 8/18 that Antus had credible allegations against him of having sexually abused a child in the 1980s at St. James parish in Duluth.
BlanchardKirbyDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Blanchard, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Served 40 years in churches in Duluth, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and beyond, including 17 years as a chaplain at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd. Retired 12/5/93 and removed from ministry 12/27/95. Died 8/11/06. No further information revealed.
BrouillardLouisDuluth, MNExtern from Agana, Guam diocese. Admitted to sex abuse of many boys on Guam as priest and scoutmaster; active there 1940s-1981. Duluth diocese released list 12/31/13. Worked in the diocese 7/81 to 11/12/85 before removal from ministry. No faculties. Living in Pine City MN in 12/13. Named in about 200 lawsuits. Complaints mostly of abuse of boys, including boys scouts and altar boys, and of at least 2 girls. Scoutmaster. Said to have taken nude photos of children, raped 10 boys each night in the ’70s at a boy scout jamboree on Guam, engaged in group sex with children, took several altar boys to MN and Canada where he sexually abused them. Deposed age 96 10/31/17-11/3/17. Died 10/10/18.
ChateauvertVictor LucienDuluth, MNAccused of molesting two boys over three year period at parish in Bull Dog Lake. Boys were 14 and 19 when Chateauvert was arrested 12/92. Immediately removed from ministry and returned to Order. Sentenced to 6 mo. in jail 2/93. Also worked in Ottawa, Ontario Canada at Our Lady of the Visitation from 1974 to 1978 and again in 1982. Died 3/99. Name included on diocese’s 12/31/13 list of 17 clergy who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese.
ColstonLeonardDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Colston, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Ordained at 55, Colston served only 6 years before being removed 9/6/86 and resigning from diocese. Died 11/4/04.
CossetteRaymondDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Cossette, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Retired 1/1/95. Served in High Schools and as diocesan Superintendent of Schools. Diocese began new investigation of allegations when name released. Current status still shown as retired. Lives in Brainerd, MN.
FoxFrederickDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Fox, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Fox spent last 16-17 yrs of career on leave to work with Family Services-Duluth Drug Abuse Program. Retired 6/1/87 and was removed from ministry 1/28/88. Died 6/17/99.
GolobichJohnDuluth, MNIncluded on Duluth diocese’s 12/31/13 list of 17 clergy who were credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons. Reprimanded for inappropriate behavior involving hugging and kissing. No time frame given. Served as pastor in Hibbing, Kerrick, Lakewood, Gnesen, Tower, Silver Bay and Duluth. Retired 7/14/93. Died 6/5/11.
GonieaRalphDuluth, MNName included on 12/31/13 list released by diocese of 17 clergy who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese, and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Served as Asst Pastor of St. Jean’s in Duluth 9/1/65 – 12/22/66. He was no longer working in the diocese when the allegation was received. No comments on what Order did or when complaint received. Died 3/24/03.
GrahamWilliam CDuluth, MNPastor of St. Michael’s in Duluth when placed on leave 5/23/16 after accusated in a lawsuit of sex abuse of a 15-16 yr-old boy in 1977-78. The boy was a student at Cathedral High, where Graham worked variously as principal, chaplain, religious studies dept head and teacher. Per the suit, the accuser’s father told the diocese of the alleged abuse in 2010. Graham denied the accusation and filed suit 7/16 against his accuser. Diocese announced in 8/18 that the allegations against Graham were credible. Jury trial for Graham’s suit against his accuser 8/21/18. Jury said accuser interfered with Graham’s contractual duties when he filed claims in 5/16, but did not intentionally inflict distress on him. Accuser ordered to pay Graham $13,500 in damages.
KelleherCorneliusDuluth, MNNative of Ireland. Kelleher retired 7/12 after spending his entire career in Duluth Diocese. The Diocese announced 10/13 that it had received a credible allegation [in 9/12?] that he had sexually abused a minor female during his time as pastor of St.Joseph Church in Chisholm from 1975 to 1986. His privileges as a retired priest were removed 10/12 and he was barred from all public ministry.
KleinRobert WilliamDuluth, MNArrested 9/87 and removed from ministry. Charged with 4 counts of criminal sexual misconduct re 3 boys, ages 15, 13 & 12 and 1 girl age 10 between 1985-1987. Police found 700 photos in his residence, including children in bondage. He was without assignment and filling in for priests where needed. Pled not guilty 12/87. Found guilty 12/18/87. Named in at least 4 civil suits. Died 2/16/00. New suit filed 12/09/13 re abuse in early 1970s. Named on Diocese list of accused priests 12/31/13. Jury trial related to civil case filed in ’13 to begin in 8/16.
LedererBrian M.Duluth, MNArrested 5/15, held on suspicion of sexual misconduct with minor. Released after posting bond. Associate pastor, Blessed Sacrament in Hibbing. Charged 8/27/15 with criminal sexual conduct with a fourth minor. All four were girls, ages 10-14, two of them sisters. Incidents said to have occurred during 2014-15. Lederer also charged with possession of child porn. A boy under age 10 told police Lederer showed him videos of nude people in a computer class; police found 5 images of suspected child porn on the priest’s computer. Jury trial 6/16; acquitted of abuse of the girls. Child porn charge dropped 10/16 for “insufficient evidence” that he viewed the child porn intentionally.
MakowskiMark J.Duluth, MNCharged 1/95 with molesting a 16-year-old boy in the rectory after giving the boy alcohol. Removed 1/12/95 without privileges. In a plea bargain on 3/29/95, pled guilty to fourth-degree misconduct. Sentenced to six months in jail and seven years’ probation. Later became affiliated with the MN Episcopal Diocese (not as priest) and arrangements were in place to monitor him while on church property. Named on 12/31/13 Duluth list of priests with credible allegations. Last known to be living in Sun City, AZ.
Manning(Thomas) GregoryDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Manning, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Served in diocese from 1944-1957. Removed from ministry 10/16/57; left the diocese in 12/1/57. Died 8/15/79.
NicholsonJohnDuluth, MNOne suit settled 1995 after man claimed he was abuse by Nicholson when he was a boy. At least 11 known victims. Died 12/6/88. A man filed suit against Diocese 4/03 alleging abuse which began in 1965 when he was 12. Suit settled 9/06 for $250K. In 6/13, a man named Nicholson as abuser in 1st civil suit filed in St. Louis Co. under new MN law suspending civil SOL for people who allege they were sexually abused as children. Named on 12/31/13 Duluth list of priests with credible allegations.
PuhlDennisDuluth, MNConvicted 1980 of 4th degree sexual assault of boy, age 15. Received 21 mo. sentence (probated) and treatment. On sick leave 11/8/80. 1983 suit claimed the diocese knew he had received treatment in 1977 for sexual problems before abuse. He admitted in deposition he had homosexual contacts with several youths in 1977 and that he received treatment then. Suit settled in 1984. Resigned from ministry & diocese 7/15/86. Died 12/11/95. Named on 12/31/13 Duluth list of priests with credible allegations.
StackThomasDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Stack, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Last assignment ended 2/13/87. Died 02/24/87. Allegation against him received after his death but no date given for when it was received or when abuse was alleged to have occurred. In 3/16 the sister of a man who died an alcoholic at age 42 in 1986 said her brother told her in the ’60d that Stack sexually abused him when he was an altar boy in the 1950s in Hoyt Lakes. She informed Bishop Schnurr in 2002.
ThibaudeauJosephDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13 the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Thibaudeau, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. He served at St. Jean’s in Duluth from 6/1910 to sometime in 1943. Died in 1946 in Manitoba, Canada. Allegation made against him at some point after his death.
ToporowitzStephenDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Toporowitz, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Served entire career in Duluth diocese. Died 6/16/69 white assigned to St. John’s Church in Virginia, MN. Allegation of abuse received at some point after his death. No further information known.
Unnamed Priest in DuluthUnknownDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 named clergy who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese List also included one additional, unnamed clergy vaguely identified in one allegation. The person had previously left the priesthood for a reason not related to the allegation. Diocese is re-investigating the matter i 1/14.
ZanklAngeloDuluth, MNOn 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Zankl, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the Diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Spent much time at St. John Abbey before & after serving in the diocese from 1951-1987. Left Diocese 5/30/87. Died 07/12/07, age 106. Accusation received shortly before diocese released list.
AltermattCyril (Cletus)New Ulm, MNIncluded on New Ulm diocese’s list released 3/29/16 of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Ordained for Great Falls diocese, to MN in 1962 and incardinated in New Ulm diocese 1968. Died 1978. On the Diocese of Steubenville’s list 10/31/18. Noted to have been suspended from ministry in 1952. On Billings-Great Falls list 8/21/18.
ArdolfEdwardNew Ulm, MNAccused in civil suit filed 4/15/16 of sexual abuse of a boy, ages 7-10, during 1978-80 at St. Raphael’s in Springfield MN. Retired in 2012. No prosecution because the alleged victim was deceased and his therapist would not testify. Ardolf worked in Winsted, New Ulm, North Mankato, Springfield, Canby, St. Leo, Sleepy Eye, and Nicollet. Died 8/1/16.
BeckerDennis E.New Ulm, MNName released for first time 3/15 by diocese; accused of child sexual abuse “decades ago.” Retired from active ministry in 2000.
BuckleyGordonNew Ulm, MNNamed publicly in 2/16 by the New Ulm diocese as having credible accusations of sexual abuse against him. Abuse said to have occurred at St. Andrew’s in Granite Falls, where Buckley was assigned 1963-69. Ordained for Pueblo CO diocese, incardinated New Ulm 1959. Also served in Glencoe, Seaforth, Bird Island, Taunton, Dawson, Cottonwood, Clarkfield and Milroy. Retired 1978. Died 1985.
ClarkRobertNew Ulm, MNName among 4 released for first time by Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis 10/23/14, on list of 17 accused of sexual abuse. Ordained for New Ulm; worked there until 1997. Religion teacher, St. Agnes High in St. Paul 1998-2002. Substantiated claims of abuse occurred outside of St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese. Removed from active ministry 3/26/02. Living in Arizona in 10/14. Name among 16 on New Ulm diocese list of credibly accused priests released 3/29/16.
GleasonJohn L.New Ulm, MNOrdained for Archdiocese of St. Paul. Incardinated into Diocese of New Ulm 1957. Name included on New Ulm list released by Atty Jeff Anderson 08/04/14. Names from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14. Garvey reports he confronted Gleason in approximately 1990 and Gleason resigned and moved to CA. Died 01/14/1998; buried in St Paul. Accused in civil suit filed 5/23/16 of sexual abuse of 9 to 10-yr-old girl, 1970-72, at St. Michael’s in Morgan.
GrossRichardNew Ulm, MNAccused in a civil lawsuit filed 4/15/16 of the sexual abuse of a boy, ages 12-13, during 1965-66 at St. Mary’s in New Ulm. Removed from active ministry. Gross worked in New Ulm, Taunton, Rosen, Hutchinson and Watkins. Retired 2003. Per news in 1/19, Gross was returned to limited ministry on recommendation of the diocesan review board. The Brown County Attorney’s office reviewed Gross’s case and did not file criminal charges due to “lack of probable cause” and the statute of limitations.
GuetterMichaelNew Ulm, MNGuetter was accused of “improper conduct…, including sexual misconduct” against minors under his care. Family services investigated; no evidence to support criminal charge but did find evidence of general allegations of improper conduct. Guetter filed suits to determine who made the charges. Appeal of lower court’s denial was carried to MN Supreme Court as of 11/6/87. Have no info on actual charges, if any, filed against Guetter. Died 7/22/88.
KunzGermainNew Ulm, MNWorked in diocese 1957-68. Laicized 1971. In 6/03 a woman informed the diocese that Kunz sexually abused her when she was a young girl. She did not press charges; wanted assurance Kunz was no longer an active priest. Kunz a retired attorney in MN in 6/03.
MarkeyFrancis XavierNew Ulm, MNFrom Ireland. Arrested 11/09 at age 81 in South Bend IN on warrant from Ireland. Charges relate to abuse of a 15-yr-old boy in Ireland in 1968. Suspended at least 3 times and in treatment 4 times, including Paracletes in NM in 1981. Worked w/ Paracletes for some time before being sent to work in New Ulm. Extradited to Ireland 2010. Died 9/12 while awaiting trial. Named in civil suits against New Ulm Diocese and Paracletes 1/11 and 12/13 & 2/14 (includes Diocese’s counter-suit against Irish Diocese 3/14.) Name included on New Ulm list released by Atty Jeff Anderson 08/04/14. Names came from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14.
MarksWilliam JosephNew Ulm, MNOrdained for St. Paul archdiocese, incardinated 1957 in New Ulm diocese. Suits filed by 4 men 4/94 alleging abuse by Marks in late 1950s and early 1960s while assigned to St. John’s in Hector. Two of the men were cousins. One of the men told his parents and they went to church trustees. In 1962 Marks was sent to another parish. He died in 1979 at age 71. Named in new civil suit filed 11/12/13 against St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese and New Ulm diocese. Another man came forward 3/14. Additional suit filed 6/17/14 by man who alleged Marks would pay him for sexual acts in 1950s when he delivered newspapers to the rectory. Name included on New ULM list released by Atty Jeff Anderson 08/04/14. Names came from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14.
MurphyJohn M.New Ulm, MNOrdained for St. Paul-Minneapolis, incardinated to New Ulm diocese when it formed in 1957. Died in 2001. Name included on New Ulm list released by Atty Jeff Anderson 08/04/14. Names came from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14. Garvey testified that Murphy’s housekeeper told him in 1980s that Murphy was having boys up to his room. Garvey reported to the Bishop at the time who told him to mind his own business. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis list of “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.”
RoneyDavid A.New Ulm, MNOrdained for St. Paul, incardinated 1957 in New Ulm diocese. Lawsuits 8/03 by 2 different women re abuse by Roney 1967-1980, when they were children. Two more filed suit 9/03. Diocese said 2 previous lawsuits settled. Diocese learned of Roney’ s conduct in 1987; sent for evaluation and therapy. Allowed to minister at San Lucas Toliman Mission in Guatemala beginning 1994. Removed from active retirement 2002. Died 1/03 in Guatemala, age 82. Two women settled 2005. Case of 4 more women was dism’d by MN Court of Appeals 8/31/10. More suits pending 9/13. At least 30 accusers, at least 1 as young as age 7. Name included on New Ulm list released by Atty Jeff Anderson 08/04/14. Names from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul – Minneapolis 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.”
SchleismanDouglas L.New Ulm, MNAbuse alleged by Schleisman in 1993 civil suit; went on Leave of Absence. Name included on New Ulm list released by Atty Jeff Anderson 08/04/14. Names came from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14. Laicized 1994.
SkoblikMichael G.New Ulm, MNOrdained for St. Paul archdiocese; incardinated 1957 into New Ulm diocese when it was formed. Civil suit 1993 claimed sexual abuse by Skoblik of a grade school student 1976-80 . Pastor of St. Joseph’s in Sliver Lake 1965-88. Died 1989. Name included on New Ulm list released by Atty Jeff Anderson 08/04/14. Names from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken 1/14. Two men filed new suit 9/10/14 re abuse 1967-71; tried to force New Ulm Diocese to disclose names of accused perp priests. At least 14 alleged victims. Diocese released 16 names 3/29/16 of credibly accused priests, including Skoblik. Two new suits filed 5/16 vs New Ulm diocese; 1 re alleged abuse by Skoblik at St George in Glencoe 1953-66, the other at St. Joseph in Silver Lake. In 3/16-5/16, 3 other suits filed accusing Skoblik of abuse at Holy Family and St. Pius X. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minn. list of those who spent time in archdiocese with credible accusations vs them.
StarkCharlesNew Ulm, MNOrdained for St. Paul archdiocese, incardinated 1957 into New Ulm diocese when it was formed. Named publicly by diocese 2/16 as credibly accused of sex abuse at St. John’s in Darwin 1965-69. Worked in St. Paul, Faribault, Winsted, Vesta, Tyler, Gaylord, Darwin, Granite Falls, Clements, and Sanborn. Retired 1986. Died 1991. Suit filed 3/16 claims 1969 sex abuse of 11-yr-old boy who was CCD student at St. John’s in Darwin. Another suit to be filed claiming abuse by Stark at St. John’s 1967-68. A 3rd suit pending in 3/16 of abuse by Stark at another parish. Named added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minn. archd. list of those who spent time in archd. with credible accusations vs them.
SteinerBernardNew Ulm, MNAccused in civil lawsuit filed 4/15/16 sexual abuse of a boy, ages 9-10, in about 1971-72 at St. Paul in Comfrey. Steiner worked in parishes throughout Southern and West-Central MN. Retired 2005. Returned to limited ministry in early 2018.
WagnerSamNew Ulm, MNPlaced on leave and investigation launched after allegations in 1/17 of “inappropriate conduct” were reported to New Ulm police. Per news in 8/17 Wagner was accused of an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl. No charges per police in 8/17 due to lack of evidence and the inability to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Still on leave pending Review Board investigation outcome.The girl’s mother took out a restraining order in 8/17 against Wagner.
AndertThomasSt. Cloud, MNAndert, appointed prior of St John Abbey in 6/07 and member of the abbey’s External Review Board, was investigated in 1994 for an improper sexual relationship with a minor student at St John Prep. Abbey spokesman denied credible charges were found but Richard Sipe, chair of the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute at St John’s in 1994, gave a detailed account in 2007, stating the investigation was inadequate, and that an inappropriate sexual relationship did occur. The former student who was the subject of the “relationship” with Andert took his own life in 12/14. In 8/15 Andert was placed on leave due to an allegation of sexual abuse of another former St. John’s Prep student, in 1979 or 1980, who also claimed abuse by Rev. Allen Tarlton. St. John’s announced in 2/16 that the allegations were found unsubstantiated by a review board; Andert was reinstated. His accuser filed suit in 4/16.
BackousTimothy (Fr Timo)St. Cloud, MNSt. John’s Prep School headmaster 2006 -13. Parents of former St. John’s Boys’ Choir member in 5/14 alleged sex abuse of their son by Backous during choir’s 1990 bus trip across Europe; parents knew in 1991 and reported to Abbot. Abbot paid for son’s counseling and apparently told parents Backous would no longer work with children. Sheriff told parents he had no authority because abuse was in Europe. Parents learned 5/24/14 Backous said mass at Memorial Day weekend at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis; they informed Archbishop. Abbot of St John’s Abbey wrote 6/10/14 that allegations had never been proven and Backous was not working under any restrictions but was a priest in good standing. He also worked at Essentia Health in Duluth. Named in 2 lawsuits 4/16: a man claimed abuse at St. John’s Prep 1982-83 at age 16; another alleged abuse at age 12-13 by Backous on a choir trip to Europe in 1990. Abbey called allegations “without merit and false.”
BennettAndreSt. Cloud, MNAt least two students at St. John’s Abbey accused Bennett, who ran the infirmary, of abusing them. Abbey officials say that he had problems with alcohol and was later treated for abuse of prescription drugs. Lived at Abbey under restriction until his death 1/15/07. The victims may have settled as part of massive settlement announced 10/02 regarding approx. 11 St. John’s Abbey priests and Monks. Another settlement 3/11. Name on list of monks likely to have offended against minors released by Abbey12/9/13.
BikMichaelSt. Cloud, MNAllegations against Bik in 1997 included “inappropriate sexual conduct with two teen-agers in the 1970s,” prior to joining the abbey and ordination. After allegations known, continued to teach at St. John’s Prep until 2002. Accusations made public 7/29/06. Residing at St. John Abbey and working under restrictions. Name on list released by Abbey 12/9/13. New lawsuit 5/16 alleging sex abuse in 1998 of 15 or 16 yr-old boy, who was a St. John’s Prep student. Abuse said to have occurred after Bik’s admission of abuse in 1970s.
BlumeyerRobertSt. Cloud, MNIn 2005, allegations made that he molested a teenage boy many years ago. Blumeyer worked in St. Cloud diocese from 1965-1968. Died of heart attack 10/5/83. Member of St. John’s Abbey. Name not made public until 7/06. Two more accusers came forward after1st allegations. Name included on list of monks like to have offended against minors released by Abbey 12/9/13,on St. Cloud Diocese list released 1/3/14 and St Paul rev list 02/17/14. St. Paul personnel files released 05/19/14.
BrennanMichaelSt. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Brennan, who were “likely involved in the sexual abuse of minors.” No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred but he served at Our Lady of the Angels Boarding School, Belle Prairie. His current status is unknown.
BreyLawrence S.St. Cloud, MNAccused in a lawsuit filed in 12/18 of the sexual abuse of a girl in the 1970s and 1980s at Holy Innocents Catholic School in Waite Park. Also accused in the suit were five members of a family that ran the school. A St. Cloud diocesan spokesperson said the school was not part of the diocese. Brey, a Milwaukee priest, is listed in the 1988 Official Catholic Directory as On Duty Outside the Diocese in St. Cloud.
BrissonPaschal (James)St. Cloud, MNBrisson is one of 10 individuals included in settlement by St John’s Abbey of Collegeville announced on 3/28/11. All of the accused taught at St John’s Prep or were assigned to parishes in St Cloud. As part of settlement, Abbey committed to name 17 accused priests in a letter to the St John’s community, including 8 of the 10 Benedictines included in the settlement. The 2 not named in Abbot Klassen’s letter were Brisson and Fr Pirmin Wendt. Brisson was reported as having ‘left the abbey.’ Behind the Pine Curtain reports that he worked in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico and that the alleged abuse occurred in Humacao, Puerto Rico, in the late 1970s. Reportedly deceased.
CanuAnthonySt. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Canu, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Worked at Our Lady of he Angels Boarding School, Belle Prairie. Added to the Richmond diocese’s list 6/27/19. It notes that Canu was removed in 1973, was laicized, and died in 2019.
CaskeyJohn LloydSt. Cloud, MNCaskey admitted in late 2007 to writing “inappropriate letters” to an 18-yr-old male who had reported them to police in 9/07. Resigned from parish. Not placed on leave by the diocese until 1/08 when arrested and charged with possessing child pornography; police found the child porn on his computer during investigation of the letters. Pled guilty 8/08. Sentenced to 1 mo. in prison and 5 yrs probation 5/09.
ConnollyIsaacSt. Cloud, MNBr. Connolly, former dean of students, requested leave of absence 10/02 “for vocational discernment” after being accused of sexual misconduct more than 10 yrs before. Did not involve student at St. John’s Univ. and did not fall under legal definition of sexual abuse. Reports said if Connolly had not taken leave, he would have been placed under restriction by St. John’s Abbey. Shows as on restricted duty as of 3/11.
DahlheimerCosmas (Cosmos)St. Cloud, MNReceived treatment for psychological problems in 1960s. Accused of abuse of as many as four youths 1970-78. Abbey learned of allegations in 1987. Civil suits filed 1990, 1994, and an unknown date. At least 2 suits settled in 2002. Lived under restrictions at St. John’s Abbey until his death 2/21/04 at age 95. Name on 12/9/13 list of monks likely to have offended against minors released by Abbey. Also on St. Paul List and St. Cloud List. St. Paul personnel file released 5/19/14. Worked in Owensboro KY diocese 1964.
DeVensterCorneliusSt. Cloud, MNNative of Netherlands. Started working in U.S. in 1934. Worked in NE, MN, NY, IN and OH. Name is included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. Died 12/25/88. Allegation made at some point after his death. No information on actual diocese where abuse is alleged to have occurred.
DimmerlingHarold JosephSt. Cloud, MNSt. Cloud priest 1940-1969. Bishop of Rapid City SD 1969-1987. Died 12/113/87. In 11/18 the St. Cloud diocese announced that it had recently received an allegation that Dimmerling had sexually abused a minor while a priest of the diocese. Bishop Kettler deemed the allegation credible.
EcclestonJohn W.St. Cloud, MNOn Diocese of St. Cloud list 1/03/14.Worked prior to joining the St. Cloud diocese in Washington DC and Baltimore archdioceses. Began work in St. Cloud in 1962; incardinated 1973. Died 2/9/12. On Washington DC archdiocese’s list 10/15/18. It receiving a report of sexual misconduct in 1960; Eccleston was sent for evaluation and treatment then assigned to ministry in St. Cloud. The WDC list also noted that he was arrested and convicted in MN in 1982. On Charleston diocese’s list 3/29/19; was there as visiting priest.
EckrothRichardSt. Cloud, MNAccused of abuse of boys and girls at cabin owned by order in early 1970s. At least one suit filed in 1993 by two victims. He was ordered back to St. John’s Abbey from Bahamas and then sent for treatment. Order may have known of earlier allegation sincelate 1980s. Abbey paid $12K to at least one of his female victims. Investigated re murder of 2 girls. Living under restriction at Abbey. Name on list of monks likely to have offended against minors released by Abbey 12/9/13 and on St. Cloud 1/3/14 list. Named in two additional lawsuits filed 5/19/14 against St. Cloud diocese, the Order & St. John Abbey. Both men allege abuse when Eckroth was assigned to St. Joseph’s parish in St. Joseph MN in early 1970s. Eckroth said in 2014 to have advanced dementia. New suit expected to be filed 09.19.14. Died 5/24/15.
EidenschinkJohnSt. Cloud, MNAs of 2002, Eidenschink, a former Abbot of the abbey, was living under restrictions at St. John’s Abbey. He admitted to sexually abusing 2 monks who had not yet taken their final vows. One victim was molested prior to 1971 and the other was molested during Eidenschink’s tenure as Abbot. Died 6/04 at age 89.
EmonNeil J.St. Cloud, MNWorked in NE, MI & MN before moving to Phoenix in 2000. He admitted in 1991 to abusing boys in early to mid 1970s in Onamia, MN. In 5/02 he was removed without privileges after additional information was received. Had been working under restrictions for some time and Phoenix knew of his history when he arrived. Name also appeared on list of Phoenix priests complied by Arizona Republic. As of 2014, he living under safety plan in Phoenix. Added to St. Cloud list 3/14/14.
GallSylvester L.St. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Gall, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Spent entire career in Diocese. Retired 1993; died 5/13/04.
GardingWilliam NicholasSt. Cloud, MNOrdained at age 43. In 1989 20 yr old man accused Garding of sexually abusing him over a three year period, beginning during confirmation classes. Pleaded guilty; sentenced to 6 mo jail and 10 yr stayed sentence. Sued 1991 but suit dismissed. Later wrotebook “My Journey Alone” about his battle to suppress homosexuality and his quest for approval and love from adolescent male parishioner. Privileges removed 6/02. Died 11/05 after auto accident. Name on 1/3/14 St. Cloud list.
GauthierRaoulSt. Cloud, MNWorked as Chaplain at St. Michael’s Hospital, Sauk Centre. Per 5/02 article, Gauthier was charged in 1979 with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct after he admitted fondling a retarded male adult. 12/02 article says he returned to Canada shortly after his confession and was never extradited. He died in 1995 at age 92. Name included on St. Cloud’s 1/3/14 list of clergy involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors.
GillespieThomasSt. Cloud, MNSuit filed against two other priests (Moorse and Tarlton) included allegation that Gillespie abused a boy at St. John’s Abbey in 1977-1978. He lives under restrictions at the Abbey. Per 7/13/08 posting, four former students have accused him of abuse between 1977-1987. Name not on 12/05/13 St. Paul list but was one of 17 priests listed on 8/02 memo to ABp Flynn regarding priests with known abuse histories. Also was on list released by Abbey 12/9/13, by St Cloud 1/3/14 & St Paul’s rev. list 02/17/14. St. Paul personnel file released 05/19/14.
GopaulPaul A.St. Cloud, MNGopaul, a native of Trinadad, was visiting professor at St. John’s Abbey in 1970 when he allegedly drugged and raped a student. Accusation made to the Abbey in 1971 by the boy’s father. The boy committed suicide in 2/71. Gopaul died in 1988 while working in Los Angeles Archdiocese. Allegation made again by victim’s sisters in 2006. Abbey admits a complaint in 2002. The 1971 complaint actually found in archives in 2006. As many as 10 other victims and settlement in 2002.
GoryczkaStanislausSt. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Goryczka, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. He worked in parishes in Harding (Pulaski), Elmsdale and Little Falls. Died 4/18/41.
GuerreroGabrielSt. Cloud, MNWorked in MN, IN, NE, NY & AZ. Removed from work with Minors 1990. At least 1 claim included in 2/09 settlement with Crosiers and 9 accusers in MN. Accused of abuse of 2 between 1973-1975. Assigned to Phoenix in 2000 Removed from public ministry in AZin 2002, Later placed under restrictions. Allegations were at least 15 yrs old but no other information known. Retired and living under safety plan 3/14. Name on Crosier list released 3/8/14.
HambrockEugeneSt. Cloud, MNWorked in IN, NY, MN, & NE. Name is included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. Died 1/30/99. No indication of which diocese he was working in at time of alleged abuse or when allegation was received..
HoefgenFrancis F.St. Cloud, MN1992 suit alleged abuse by Hoefgen in 1982 when a 16 yr old youth lived with him as a foster son. He knew the boy was suicidal when he invited him to move into his home. He admitted sexual encounters to the church in 1984; it sent him for treatment & after 6 months returned him to a new parish. Suit dismissed 11/93 because of SOL. Apology by Hoefgen printed in newspaper 9/02 as part of group settlement re several living at St. John’s Abbey. Permanently removed 2002. Laicized 12/11. Sued 11/18/13. St. Paul personnel file released 05/19/14. Arrested 05/21/14 and charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct from 1989-1991. Pled not guilty at 9/5/14. Trial set for 5/15. Acquitted. Files released 11/15 show pattern of predation toward boys, beginning 1980s and continuing for 2 decades/
HohmannOthmar (Leo)St. Cloud, MNWorked in Bahamas, ND, UT, CO, MN. Name included on list released by Abbey 12/9/13 of monks likely to have offended against minors. Hohmann accused by at least two women of groping, pawing and sexually assaulting them in 1960s when they were children attending St. Joseph’s in St. Joseph. Women told the Abbey, which did nothing. Retired 1976, died 1/24/80. Also included in addendum to Duluth 12/31/13 list. Included on St. Cloud list 1/3/14. Accused in suit filed 1/13/16 of sexual abuse of girl ages 11-16, 1961-66, while he was St. Joseph’s pastor.
JacquesRaymondSt. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Jacques, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Served in Sauk Centre, Morris and at St. Anne in Kimball. Died 12/4/64 while at St. Anne.
KellerDominic (Joseph)St. Cloud, MNName is included on list released by Abbey 12/9/13 of those monks likely to have offended against minors. He died 11/26/78. In letter dated 6/7/2011, sub-Prior Licari acknowledged abuse allegations made by one man who was abused in 1956-57 and noted other credible allegations against Keller.
KellyJamesSt. Cloud, MNName released by St. John’s Abbey 9/1917 as having been added to its list of monks “likely to have offended against minors.” Taught music at colleges, including St. John’s Univ. Worked in Collegeville, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Stillwater, Ball Club, Wayzata MN, and in AL during 1961-62. Left priesthood 1973. Died 2011.
KellyJohnSt. Cloud, MNFormer student at St. John’s Prep accused Kelly of abusing him over a 3 year period. Student told School’s Counselor in 1982 and counselor told abbot. Suit filed 1992 and settled 7/93. As of 2002 Kelly had taken a leave of absence from brotherhood. 4/02 article referred to allegations as credible and said that he has acknowledged wrongdoing and sought treatment. Named in new suit 12/09. Name on list of monks likely to have offended against minors released by Abbey 12/9/13. No longer lives at Abbey.
KlimekValentineSt. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Klimek, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Held many positions within the Diocese including Spiritual Director of Cathedral High School and Director of Catholic Charities. Died 8/7/94.
Krakovsky (Krakowski)Reginald M.St. Cloud, MNCorrect spelling of last name is Krakovsky per his gravestone and obit. Worked in OR, MN, PA and in multiple overseas assignments. Man filed suit 11/94 (1/95?) alleging he was sexually molested by Krakovsky 1961-64 at a Little Falls parish. Article refers to 4 other victims. Suit names St. Cloud Diocese and the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis. Archdiocese denied it was responsible because Diocese was an independent entity. Living at Monastery in Altoona in 1995. Died 7/14/97 in PA. Name included on St. Cloud’s 1/3/14 list. It gave no information where or when the abuse occurred. Did show he was local superior of St. Louis Monastery in St. Cloud and was at Cathedral High School. Included on Harrisburg PA diocese list 8/1/18. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese’s list late 2018; there 9/91-4/92.
KremerJoseph C.St. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Kremer, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. In addition to other assignments, he was on the staff at St. John’s Seminary/Diocese of St. Cloud. Died 11/18/92.
KujawaRichardSt. Cloud, MNKujawa is accused of abusing a boy from 1954-1961 when boy was 11-18. Kujawa retired 1985 and died 8/7/91. Suit filed in 1993. Name is included on the 1/3/14 list released by St. Cloud. He worked in several parishes across the diocese.
LaPanKennethSt. Cloud, MNMember of T.O.R. Franciscan community in Hollidaysburg PA, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Worked in PA 1953-59, including as Boy Scout chaplain. In MN 1959-84, returning to PA 1984. Per the PA Grand Jury Presentment 3/15/16, LaPan was investigated 1984 in MN for giving a car and money to an 18-yr-old male; it was discovered LaPan sexually molested altar boys. Local church official told St. Cloud Bishop Speltz in a letter that the County Attorney would not press charges “out of respect for the Parish and Priesthood.” LaPan’s Order also received the letter. He was allowed to stay in ministry in PA. Retired. Living in 2016 at T.O.R. monastery in PA.
LendackyJosephSt. Cloud, MNWorked mostly in MN but some in NE. Most of his career was spent at Crosier Community and Seminary in Onamia. Died 5/31/89. Name is included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. Allegation was not received until after his death.
LillyStephenSt. Cloud, MNLilly was dormitory resident perfect at St. John Univ. where Plaintiff was student. Plainitiff said Lilly sexually and mentally abused him 1989-1990 when he sought counseling. Allegations surfaced in 1992 and Civil suit filed in 1994. Victim and Lilly received counseling. Lilly left St. John’s community in 1993 and was dispensed from his religious vows.
LutgenHenry MSt. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Lutgen, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information was provided on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. He worked at St Mary’s in Melrose; St Mary’s in Alexandria; St Columbkille’s in St Wendel; and Community Hospital and Pine Villa in Melrose. He also served as Superintendent of St Cloud Children’s House and as assistant Director and Director of Catholic Charities in St Cloud. He is deceased.
MadiganGregorySt. Cloud, MNAdmitted abuse of 14 yr old boy in 1980s at Crosier seminary school in MN. Crosiers reached monetary settlement with victim when he came forward in 1988. Madigan sent for treatment; was living under restriction at Crosier national headquarters. Believed to have molested at least six boys in 1960s and 1970s. Confronted by parents in mid 1970s; agreed to seek treatment. At least 1 claim included in 2/09 settlement with Crosiers and 9 accusers in MN. Retired and living under safety plan in Phoenix 3/14.
MaiersBrennanSt. Cloud, MNMan filed suit 2/92 saying Maiers abused him at age 9 in 1966. Suit settled out of court in late 1992. Maiers admitted abuse and also that he had been arrested for soliciting an undercover officer at adult movie theater in 1984. Also admitted to sexual relationships with a woman and 2 men in NY in 1970s. Permanently removed from ministry 2002. Living under restriction at St. John’s Abbey. On their list released 12/9/13. Also on Addendum to 12/31/13 Duluth list & St. Cloud 1/3/14 list. St. Paul personnel file released 05/19/14.
MarforiAntonio FSt. Cloud, MNAccused in 10/12/15 lawsuit of engaging at least once in unpermitted sexual contact with Doe 75, a boy aged about 15 in 1978 at Cathedral High School, where Marfori worked 1978-80. Attorney Jeff Anderson stated that Marfori orally copulated the boy on a trip, and that a second boy was abused by Marfori in the same way. Marfori is a native of the Philippines and graduated from St John’s University in Collegeville MN in 1972. After learning of the suit, the diocese removed Marfori’s faculties and began an investigation. When the suit was filed, Marfori was not included in the diocese’s list of clergy accused of sexual abuse or an addendum to that list. Marfori reportedly remembers the complainant but said there was “no truth” to the allegation. In a 3/16 lawsuit a second former Cathedral High student claimed abuse by Marfori in the 1970s. Diocese added name to its list in 1/18. Per bishop, Marfori was living under restrictions in the diocese.
McDonaldFinianSt. Cloud, MNTeacher at St. John’s U. & dean of men/vice president for student affairs 1964-67. Lsted in a 2002 suit as one of 8 accused abbey clergy members. Apparently abused a college student at least 3 times in 1975. Confessed in 2012 to molesting over 200 boys; 18 were dorm students at St. John’s Prep. Supposedly was living as a “restricted” priest but he traveled frequently to Bahamas until 2002. Named in new suit 12/09. Name on list of monks likely to have offended against minors as released by Abbey 12/9/13.
MelanconRonSt. Cloud, MNTook first vows 12/72. Spent most of his short career with the Order at Crosier Seminary in Onamia. Name is included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. Left order in 1980 and was dispensed from vows 9/21/89. Currently lives in Louisiana. Was not a member of the Order at the time the allegation was made.
MohmJames A.St. Cloud, MNServed as German soldier during World War I. Later became U.S. Citizen. On 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Mohm, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. He worked in Pierz, Brushvale, Maine and Osakis. Died 09/07/82.
MoorseDunstanSt. Cloud, MNTwo 1991 civil suits claim Moorse abused 2 boys while teaching at St. John’s Prep in Collegeville in 1984. Abbot knew in 1984 but did nothing. Another Civil suit filed 2002 alleging abuse in 1980s. Suit settled against order at St. John’s Abbey in 9/02 but claims against Moorse remained. Those dismissed 7/03 on SOL. Moorse remains at the abbey, restricted in his work and social activities. Name is on list of monks likely to have offended against minors as released by Abbey 12/9/13. Name added 11/3/17 to Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis 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.”
MullinDougSt. Cloud, MNInitially a religious brother, Mullin made his “monastic commitment” with the Benedictines in 1979. Ordained a priest 2007. Accused in a 7/16 lawsuit of sexuallly abusing a 15-yr-old boy in 1993 when the boy was a St. John’s Prep student and Mullin was Dean of Students. Mullin denied the allegation. Went on leave from public ministry and moved out of St. John’s Univ. dorms, where he long resided. Stayed on as St. John’s VP.
OhlemacherRichard N.St. Cloud, MNTaught at Our Lady of the Lake Seminary, Wawasee, IN for 16 years, and at Crosier Seminary in Onamia, MN for three years. Moved to Phoenix 1987. Helped out at area churches after retirement in 1992. One of 8 Crosiers priests removed from public ministryin 2002 for abuse. Incident was at least 15 yrs old. Member of Crosier Community of Phoenix until death 7/29.05.
OpatKenneth M.St. Cloud, MNFaculty member, registrar, vice-rector, counselor and facilities director at Crosier Seminary in Onamia MN 1969-86. In Minneapolis 1986-94 as provincial treasurer. Superior of Anoka MN Crosier Community 1993-2000. Founder of Central MN Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) Program in Andover MN, involved 1978-2008. Died 4/6/11. The Crosiers released a statement 5/4/16 that Opat was accused in a lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a minor. As of 6/7/17 Opat’s name was not included on Crosiers’ list of credibly accused clerics, published 1/27/17.
PaquetMichaelSt. Cloud, MNWorked in MN and IN. Removed from ministry 11/18/02 and dismissed from Order 09/16/05. Name is included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information provided as to where he was assigned when abuse is alleged to have occurred. Director of Fort Wayne IN diocesan Retreat Center Retreat 1979-85, and youth minister. Living in Canada in 2014. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese’s list. Name included on Ft. Wayne-South Bend diocese’s list 10/18.
PhillipsJamesSt. Cloud, MNProfessed vows as Benedictine Brother 1970. Placed on “restriction” under a “safety plan” at St. John’s Abbey in 2002 after allegations by two youths of abuse in late 1970s. No privileges. Article of 7/10 reports that Phillips continued to come and go from the Abbey and associated freely with woman whose family includes an autistic grandson. Name included on list of monks likely to have offended against minors as released by Abbey 12/09/13. Name added to St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese list 11/3/17 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.”
PoserGregory H.St. Cloud, MNSuspended from ministry during investigation in 5/16 after diocese received report Poser sexually abused a minor in the 1970s, while assigned to St. Odilia in Shoreview. Diocese informed Sheriff’s office.
RiederDonald W.St. Cloud, MNAdmitted 2002 to molesting 3 girls in 1980s and 1 in 1990s. In plea bargain 6/03 sentenced to 1 yr in jail for abusing the girl in 1990s. She filed suit 12/02. Settled 2003 for $500K. Woman told Vicar General in early 1990s Rieder had molested her daughter. V.G. promised Rieder would never minister to public again. Retired 1996; privileges not removed until 2002. Another civil suit settled 10/05 for $17.5K. At least 9 accusers in all. Named on St. Cloud list issued 1/3/14. Died 5/18/13. Two more suits filed 8/25/15 by women claiming sexual abuse as girls in the ’60s by Rieder. Assignments included parishes in Alexandria, Randall, Kimball, Morris, Roscoe, Paynesville, Little Falls, Sobieski and St. Cloud.
SchikAntonSt. Cloud, MNWorked at Crosier Seminary and Monastery in Onamia, MN from 1932-1948. At Wawasee Prep in Syracuse, IN from 1948 until he died 12/22/71. Name is included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. He was deceased by the time the allegation of abuse was made. Unable to determine where he was assigned at time alleged abuse occurred. Diocese may be either Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN or St. Cloud MN.
SchulteRaymond FranciscoSt. Cloud, MNPer Abbey Abuse Disclosure Project, one alleged victim made a 9/02 statement that Schulte sexually molested him 10/88. Also accused of knowing about abuse by Dunstan Moorse and John Kelly. Supposedly living a restricted lifestyle at St. John’s, buts traveled frequently, including to Italy. Named in new suit 5/18/10 by two brothers claiming abuse in 1984-86. Suit settled 3/11 with other claims against Abbey. New suit in Puerto Rico 4/11. Name on Abbey list 12/9/13 and St. Cloud list 1/3/14. On the Raleigh diocese’s list in 10/18. It notes report in 1992 of abuse in 1985.
SmithRobert A.St. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Smith, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Worked in several different parishes. Spent some time as chaplain of Poor Clare Sisters in Sauk Rapids. Died 7/13/87.
SnyersPeter D.St. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Snyers, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Held multiple assignmentswithin the Diocese. Also served as Chaplain for the Boy Scouts. Retired 7/2/01. Died 1/19/12.
SpeiserAllan P.St. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Speiser, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Held multiple assignments at parishes within the diocese and also for the diocese itself. He retired in 1992 and died 10/5/01.
TarltonAllenSt. Cloud, MNAllegedly abused one student in 1979 at St. John’s Prep. Sent for treatment and then allowed to return to teaching at the school. In a 1992 civil suit, he was accused of molesting 2nd young man at least three times in 1982 at school. On medical leave in1992. Worked as director of the Oblate program at St. John’s Abbey and lived under restrictions. Relieved of duties after 2nd suit filed 6/02 re 1985 abuse. New suit 7/12 alleges fraud against Abbey. Suit filed 6/5/13 alleging 1997 abuse of student; settled 2015. On Abbey 12/9/13 list. Suit filed 4/12/16 by a former St. John’s Prep student claiming abuse 1979 or ’80; plaintiff also accused Rev. Thomas Andert. Tarlton died in 1/16.
TaylorMelSt. Cloud, MNTaylor has been associated with St. John’s Abbey since 1960s. Served in Bahamas for last 20 yrs but was scheduled in 2012 to return to a parish assignment in Collegeville. Two individuals came forward to allege abuse by Taylor and appointment put on hold. Taylor is believed to have returned to Ireland. Attorney for Abbey is conducting an investigation. One youth was abused at St. John Prep and another was novice monk in Bahamas.
ThoennesJames A.St. Cloud, MNFirst allegations in1993. Man filed civil suit in 1990s; settled prior to trial. He admitted in deposition that he molested at least 4 young people from 1960s-1980s. Bp. knew of allegations yet reassigned him to another parish. 2nd civil suit filed 6/02 alleged abuse in mid-1960s. After 1993 he worked in diocesan archives in supervised setting. Privileges officially removed 6/02. 3rd man filed civil suit 1/09 against Diocese alleging fraud. 4th suit filed 01/14. Named on 1/3/14 list by St. Cloud.
VaughnRogerSt. Cloud, MNDismissed from Order 9/27/01. As part of 2/09 settlement, Order admitted that it had received credible allegations of child sex abuse committed by him. Note that none of the plaintiffs in the 2/09 settlement was an alleged victim of Vaughn. As of 3/10 he was at an Orthodox-Catholic Church of America Parish in New York. Name on list of priests released by Archdiocese 12/5/13 but AD denied any claims of abuse of minor within Archdiocese. Name on St Cloud list of 1/3/14 and Crosier list of 3/8/14.
WeberMichael WillardSt. Cloud, MNWeber, a former seminary student and deacon at Church of the Holy Spirit in St. Cloud for several months in 1969-1970, went on to become involved in various public service and community activities until 2011 when he resigned from most. Diocese announced 11/11 that it had learned of two credible sexual abuse allegations against him. Claims reported to police. A total of 9 accusers have come forward as of 12/11. Suit filed by 1 man 12/13/11 re abuse in 1970. Settled 7/12. Name on St. Cloud 1/3/14 list.
WegerJustin K.St. Cloud, MNWorked in MN 1953-72, IN 1973-74 and in Phoenix and Tucson until 1976. Removed from ministry without faculties 1976. Director of Tribal Lodge 1977-2002. Weger and 7 other Crosiers were removed 10/02 for past abuse of minors. Per summary report of 2002 third party investigation of Crosiers, Weger, who was retired and living in Phoenix, would be living under restriction at a long-term care senior housing facility. Died 01/15/05. Name first appeared on Archdiocese of St. Paul list 05/22/14. Added to Gallup diocese’s list 12/10/18 (it encompassed Phoenix until Diocese of Phoenix was established in 1969.)
WendtPirmin (George)St. Cloud, MNWendt is one of 10 individuals included in 3/11 settlement by St. John’s Abbey of Collegeville. All of the accused taught at St. John’s Preparatory School or were assigned to parishes in St. Cloud. Died 8/15/82. As part of settlement, the Abbey to release the names of 17 individuals with credible allegations against them. Name is included on list released by Abbey 12/9/13 of those monks likely to have offended against minors.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.”
WeyWilliam J.St. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Wey, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Served in St. Cloud, Brooten,Sedan, Tinath, Dent, Dumont & Collis. Died 07/18/88 while active priest.
WollmeringBruceSt. Cloud, MNName released to public 7/29/06. Accused in 2004 of two allegations of “sexual misconduct early in the 1980s” as reported by a former St. John’s Abbey student. May have had his faculties permanently removed prior to his death 24//09. Named in two newsuits filed 12/09 alleged abuse in 1971 and 1984-1986. Claims settled 3/11 in conjunction with others re Abbey. Name included on list of monks likely to have offended against minors as released by Abbey 12/09/13. Suit filed 4/12/16 by former St. John’s Prep student claiming abuse by Wollmering and Rev.Thomas Andert 1970-71.
WolskiAdalbertSt. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Wolski, with claims of sexual abuse of minors. Cathedral High School in St. Cloud appears to be his only assignment in the diocese. Spent time in Paraguay in 1960s. Died 1/3/12 at St. Bernardine Monastery in PA, age 80. Named in PA AG’s 3/15/16 Grand Jury Report. Per report, abused 3 boys, ages 10-11,1963-67, at an Altoona PA parish. Said to have taken little boys into parish offices and fondled their genitals. Bishop Adamec and T.O.R. Provincial Giles Schinelli learned of allegations 1991. Robert D’Avdersa, T.O.R. and Adamec assigned Wolski to hospital ministry. Schinelli, D’Aversa and Anthony M. Criscitelli, T.O.R. were criminally charged 3/15/16 with child endangerment and conspiracy related to the Wolski case and other T.O.R. Franciscan child sex abusers under their supervision. On Wheeling-Charleston list late 2018; there 1990-91.
YzermansVincent ArthurSt. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Yzermans, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. He served at multiple parishes within the Diocese. Also served as editor of Our Sunday Visitor and wrote several religious books. Admitted to long battle with alcoholism and 12 stints in treatment. Died 5/4/95 in NM. On Santa Rosa diocese’s list 1/12/19. It notes he was listed as “On Duty” in the diocese 1975-76, but no record of an assignment there.
ZilkoskiFrancis J.St. Cloud, MNOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Zilkoski, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Served in Foreston, Flensburg, Little Falls and Opole. Also served a Chancellor of Diocese. Died 5/19/78.
BaglioJoseph LSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNIdentified 2/11/15 as accused of abusing a minor. Woman has reportedly filed a claim alleging she was molested as a child by Baglio in 1965. He was director of CYO and the Catholic Youth Center in Minneapolis 1946-1967 and then pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Edina until his 1977 retirement to Miami FL. Returned to Twin Cities in 1993. Died 8/23/97.
BakerStephen PSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNTeacher/trainer/coach in MN, MI, VA, PA. Molested boys and girls when giving massages for injuries. Removed in 2000 after MI allegation; under supervision. First known abuse in MN 1977; reported 2003, settled 2005. Settlement 2012 of Order and JFK HS with 11 men re 1980s abuse announced 1/16/13. Baker died by suicide 1/26/13. Diocese knew of allegations in 2009. Allegations in 2011 re Bishop McCort HS in Johnstown PA. Multiple lawsuits. $8M settlement with 88 survivors announced 10/21/14. PA AG announced charges vs 3 TOR Franciscans responsible for Baker’s assignments: Giles A. Schinelli, Robert J. D’Aversa, Anthony M. Criscitelli. Rev. Bradley Baldwin, TOR suspended pending investigation of his supervisory role. Diocese and TORs settled 28 claims in 9/16 for $900k.Charges v Schinelli dismissed on SOL 10/17. D’Aversa and Criscielli pled no contest 5/18; fined and 5 yrs probation. New suit 8/18. Baker’s name on Youngstown diocese’s list 10/29/18.
BoxleitnerJ JeromeSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNIdentified 2/11/15 as accused of abuse in a notice of claim filed with the archdiocese and its insurers. Msgr Boxleitner, who was Director of Catholic Charities 1966-1998, is alleged to have molested a boy 1975-1980 at St Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis. In 7/14 it was reported that Boxleitner had been accused by Rev Michael G Kolar of trying to rape him when Kolar was a seminarian but not a minor. Boxleitner died 3/14/13.
BrownJohn T.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNOne man alleged sexual abuse by Brown during sex education examinations in Waverly, MN in 1960s when he was 10. Suit asked Court to unseal Archdiocese’s list of 33 credibly accused priests. Court documents in 2013 say church knew about Brown’s examinations as far back as 1966 and that Brown admitted as many as 15 examinations between 1948 and 1966. Admits looking but denies touching. He retired in 1991. Permanently removed from ministry 2002. Currently 93 yrs old. Archdiocese released list 12/05/13.
BuckleyRamon JeromeSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAccused in a suit filed 10/2/14 of sexually touching and forcing oral sex on a boy age 12 to 14 in the Sacred Heart parish hall in Robbinsdale in 1978-1979. The boy, known in court documents as John Doe 115, also accused the Sacred Heart pastor, Rev John McGrath, of abusing him in the rectory. Buckley served in the Air Force before ordination and worked in 8 parishes during his career. Died 3/22/99.
BussmanJohn J.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNArchdiocese announced in 8/16 sex abuse allegations vs Bussman from when he was “still in ministry” in the 1980s. On leave since 2003.
CharlandMichaelSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNMan told archdiocese in 2002 Charland sexually assaulted him during confession while on retreat at a St. Paul parish when the man was age 17 in 1981. Charland was then St. Thomas College’s campus ministry director. Order released name 7/15 among seven credibly accused priests as part of a 2/15 settlement. Charland left the order in 1984, married. Laicized 1989. In 7/15 he was working as a therapist at a Woodbury MN counseling center. No longer listed on center’s site 9/15; professional license revoked. Files released by order to man’s attorney 2015; 1970s letter says “sexual misconduct with underage boys.”
CowleyLeonard PSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNIdentified 2/11/15 as accused of abusing a minor. Man has reportedly filed a claim alleging he was molested as a child by Cowley in 1968 when the boy was 15, on a trip to northern Minnesota. Cowley was a pastor at the Basilica of St Mary in the 1960s and a bishop from 1957 until his death in 1973.
DamianiJosephSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNIn public announcements in Nov. 2012, Joseph Damiani’s two younger brothers alleged that he abused them between 1967-1970 when he was a teenager and they were children. Over the years, they had demanded Damiani resign from his deacon duties but he refused. After the public disclosures and complaints to the Archdiocese, Joseph Damiani filed suit 1/13 against both brothers & SNAP for defamation. Both younger brothers countersued him. Suit later settled. Archdiocese reopened its investigation 06/14 to clarify certain facts and it was determined that he would be temporarily removed from his duties. On 10/26/14 Archbishop Nienstedt announced that he was accepting his Clergy Review Board’s determination that Damiani was fit for ministry. Nienstedt ended Damiani’s leave of absence and restored his faculties, declaring him a ‘Deacon in good standing.’
DeSutterGilbert J.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNIn 1993 one boy’s father went to Archdiocese with allegations. Official said that Diocese had a file on priest regarding other sexual misconduct allegations and that DeSutter would be retired. 6 yrs later he was still active. Two lawsuits filed in 1999 & settled out of court. 3rd suit filed in 1996 but dismissed on statute grounds. Limited ministry between 1998-2003. Moved to AZ w/o privileges but was saying masses in 2002. Permanently removed from ministry 2003.
DinyaPatrick JosephSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNIn 1991 civil suit, woman claims Dinya, an extern priest from Diocese of Dodoma in Tanzania who was working in St. Paul/Minneapolis diocese, abused her during marital and emotional counseling in 1968. Suit also claims he abused a retarded teenage girlin 1968 and that the Diocese and church were informed of that abuse and that they transferred him to another parish. Current status unknown.
DolanTimothySt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNPastor of St. William in Fridley. Removed 2/16 while under investigation for alleged possession of child pornography. Dolan’s neighbors called police four times over a few yrs, reporting hearing a child crying and “in distress” in Dolan’s apartment, which is in Edina. Police searched each time and did not find a child. Admitted to police in 2/16 to having pornography. Resigned from parish. Not charged as police could not prove the ages of the individuals in the images. In 5/16 archdiocese to begin internal investigation.
Dudley (Bp.)Paul V.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNIn May 2002, Dudley, who was the retired Bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D. Diocese, was accused of fondling an altar boy in Minneapolis church in 1950s. Dudley denies the charges. The man says he was 11 or 12 when abuse occurred. 2 women also complained that he had molested them years previously. Church investigation found no evidence to support complaints. Retained active status. Died 11/06 at age 79.
DummerDonaldSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNDummer’s was one of 4 names of priests with substantiated accusations against them released by the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis 10/23/14. Dummer worked at Assumption in Richfield 1975-1981, then in the Crookston diocese until 1996; lived at St. Mary’s in St. Paul 1996-2002, working as Regions Hospital chaplain1997-2006; resided with local Oblates of Mary Immaculate Superior 2002 – 2006. Faculties removed 2006. Living with Order in MA in 10/14. Per church documents released in a 11/14 settlement agreement, a church worker found chlid porn videos in Dummer’s room in early 1997 and again in early 1998. The worker said she gave the videos in 1998 to Vicar General Kevin McDonough and that McDonough destroyed them. Per another document, Oblate official Rev. Joseph Hitpas said he would destroy the porn. Dummer denied wrongdoing.
DvorakGeraldSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNArchdiocese announced 5/19/15 credible allegation of sexual abuse of minor in 1970s. Police notified; on leave during investigation. Pastor, St. Peter in Richfield since 2011. Reinstatement announced by archdiocese 9/2/15 after Ministerial Review Board found allegation “not substantiated.”
FergusonAlphonsusSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNNative of Ireland. Per Ames Daily Tribune of 10/29/41, he had just returned from China after spending 10 years in missions field. Same article refers to him as member of St. Columban’s Mission Society of Omaha. Member of Franciscan Servants of the Sacred Heart out of Omaha, NE per 2014 articles. Man who was altar boy at Guardian Angels Church in Hastings, MN in the early 1950s filed civil suit 7/2/14 alleging anal rape by Ferguson and referring to multiple other victims. Ferguson was at Guardian Angels from 1951-1965. His history shows he worked in MN, NY, NE, IA and Ireland. Ferguson died in 1970s (apparently in Ireland). .
FilbinAmbrose R.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNFilbin was one of 17 priests listed on 8/02 memo to ABp Flynn regarding priests with known abuse histories but his name was omitted from Archdiocesan list released 12/13. No reason given. Two women came forward in 2013 with separate allegations that he abused them at St. Pius X school in White Bear Lake. Abuse for both began when they were in grade school and lasted several years. He died 02/05/90.
FitzpatrickRobertSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNPlaced on leave 8/27/15 after archdiocese received a credible allegation that Fitzpatrick sexually abused a minor in the 1980s. Pastor of Corpus Christi in St. Paul and St. Rose of Lima in Roseville. In 1980s was associate pastor of Holy Spirit in St. Paul and pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Little Canada. Archdiocese announced 3/17/16 Fitzpatrick would be returned to ministry, saying law enforcement cited “a lack of evidence and the statute of limitations.” Archdiocese stated, too, their Review Board said no “reasonable basis to find that the alleged abuse occurred.”
ForcelleJoseph ThomasSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWorked in St. Paul-Minneapolis1980-84, then Sioux Falls diocese beginning 1984; became its Director of Office of Youth Ministry. Incardinated into Sioux Falls 1988. At St. Leo Church in Tyndall and St. Vincent Church in Springfield when accused 9/16 of sexual abuse of a minor late 1970s-early 1980s while at St. Mark’s parish in St. Paul. Police Dept. said it would not investigate. Forcelle denied allegations. Put on Administrative Leave by Sioux diocese pending independent investigation. The Diocesan Review Board determined that the “facts asserted do not substantiate this allegation.” Forcelle was reinstated in 11/16.
FrostEdmundSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWorked at St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis, from 1964-1975. Left archdiocese in 1975. Sued 2005. Accused of abuse and giving plaintiff alcohol and marijuana. Case settled for $450K plus past therapy just before trial. Also named as abuser of 1 or 2 other youths from 1972-1973 in lawsuit in 2000 which was dismissed by Minn. Court of Appeals due to statute of limitations. At one time Frost was a Dominican brother. Apparently later became priest. Frost died prior to 3/05. Name appears on list released by St. Paul Archdiocese 05.22.14
FuncheonGeraldSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWorked in MN, NE, IN, FL, HI, CA, SO, TX. Banned from IN for “planning” to molest. Suit filed in 9/03 re abuse in 1970s at Catholic School in MN. A second person alleged abuse in late 1970s, rec’d $30K for counseling. Allegations while chaplain in Air Force in HI 1982-1984 and Palma High in Salinas CA 1984-1985. Another suit in IN 2007. Three claims in 2/09 settlement with Crosiers in MN. Terminated from order in 1987, incardinated in Lafayette IN diocese same year. Multiple new suits 2012-13. Admitted to abuse of as many as 50. Six claims settled in 5/13 Christian Brothers settlement. Named on revised St. Paul list 2/17/14. Also assigned to St. Cloud diocese.Two suits filed 11/14 by five men claiming abuse, including sodomy, by Funcheon in 1970s and ’80s, four of them in MN, one in CA. Removed from priesthood, living at Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer MO as of 11/14. On Lafayette IN list 9/28/18. Added to Fort Wayne-South Bend list 11/18.
GallatinJoseph G.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNRemoved from Mendota parish 12/13 after review of personnel file by outside agency found reference to incident of inappropriate conduct with minor around 1998. No actions taken in 1998. Evaluation, counseling and monitoring ordered in 12/13; act classified as boundary violation, not crime. Matter reported to criminal authority; another review conducted. Review board determined in 6/14 “significant restrictions” to be placed on Gallatin with continued monitoring and limited ministry not involving children. Allegations surfaced he abused same youth on 1998 mission trip to WV. Reassigned to position with no parish responsibilities or contact with youth. Archdiocese’s statement 7/02/14 that Gallatin was scheduled to attend graduate school at Catholic University in Wash., DC withdrawn 8/14 after protests. Removal from ministry announced 9/2/15 after new Ministerial Review Board found sufficient evidence of abuse. Referred to Rome for adjucation.
GansmannKenneth JohnSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWorked in dioceses of Springfield, Chicago and Joliet IL, then St Paul MN 1948-1959. Returned to Chicago after removal from ministry in 1960 by St. Paul. Transferred to Nashville TN; pastored parish there 1960-74. Died 5/21/74. Man reported abuse to Archdiocese in 2007. No specific date given for abuse but correspondence implies his history was known in 2007. Name included on 2/17/14 revised list of those with substantiated claims but not on original list. At least 1 complaint in Nashville in approx. 2009 re abuse in late 1960s.
GregBrotherSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAccused by at least one man who participated in the $1.7M settlement between numerous victims and the Crosier Order in 2/09. Accuser was an altar boy in Onamia approximately 30 yrs before when Br. Greg groomed him for about a year and then allegedly raped him on several occasions.
GriemanGeraldSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNIn 2006, one man told Archdiocese that Grieman had abused him at age 12 while assigned to St. John the Baptist in New Brighton in early 1990s. Man refused to release his medical records and Archdiocese found claim wasn’t credible. Reported to police butno investigation. Man reported to police himself in 2013. Grieman retired in 1999. Archdiocese sent letter of good standing to San Diego and mentioned allegations. Lives in Phoenix, AZ. Not on either list released by Archdiocese 12/2/13 & 1/17/14.
GustafsonGilbert J.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNPled guilty to abusing a youth for 5 years in the 1970s. Parents found out in 1982 and complained to church officials. Gustafson sent for treatment. He also admitted abusing other boys. He paid $40 fine and served four to six months in Jail. In 11/92 woman filed suit alleging she was abused by Gustafson for about 5 years, also beginning in 1977. Suit settled 10/05. Permanently removed 2002. Vatican sentenced him to life of prayer & penance. In 7/06, Archbp. Flynn went so far as to declare him medically disabled in a binding legal agreement. Still receiving pension from Archdiocese 2/14. News in 9/15 that Gustafson trying to raise money with a survivor (not abused by him) to buy chancery for healing center (“Gilead Project”) for clergy sex abuse victims.
HazelRobert L.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWoman filed police report in 2003 stating that Hazel sexually assaulted her in 1986 when she was about 8. County attorney found insufficient evidence to prosecute and case was closed in 2004. He denied ever sexually abusing anyone. Retired 05/06. Name included on MN Public Radio database released 02/19/14 but not on Archdiocese’s list of clergy accused of child abuse 12/13, revised 02/17/14.
HeitzerLouis J. (Joseph)St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNNative of Germany. Heitzer died in 1969 while in alcoholism treatment in Twin Cities. At least three men have told Archdiocese that Heitzer abused them. Current vicar general says that there was “some indication” that leaders of the archdiocese knew about allegations at the time. One of the victims testified at the 6/02 Dallas Bishops’ conference. Has been termed “perhaps the most abusive priest” in the Archdiocese. Personnel files released 09/16/14. Revealed 9/17/14 that he was assigned as a chaplain at a nursing home in 1969 in the New Ulm diocese after assault allegations. Lawsuit filed 5/16 alleging abuse of 12-yr-old boy in 1965 at St. Scholiastica in Heidelberg. Heitzer was said to have targeted the boy after the boy’s father died in a car wreck.
HenrichRudolph M.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNOrdained for St. Paul archdiocese. Man told Archdiocese in 2010 that he had been abused as a child by Henrich in 1950s and 1960s at St. Margaret Mary parish in Golden Valley. Archdiocese did not reply to letter until 8/11. Response did admit that the Archdiocese had spoken to several other individuals who had been abused by Henrich but name was never publicly released. Permanently removed from ministry 1976. Died in 1992. Name on list of priests with credible allegations of minors released 12/5/13. Suit filed 12/16/13. Included on New Ulm list released 3/29/16. At least 13 alleged victims.
HoughWilliam F.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNRetired 1991, died 8/15/94. Archdiocese released name and assignments 9/16 due to a substantiated claim that he sexually abused a minor 1964-66.
JeubRichard H.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAccused in early 1990s by woman of abusing her when she was 15. He was already under investigation by Archdiocese for problems with adult women. Evaluated and treated. Not actively ministering as of 7/92. Civil suit filed 1992. She turned down $125K settlement. Jury found that he had not abused her. Returned to active status until 2002 when he was permanently removed. Another woman settled with Jeub and Archdiocese over 1969 abuse when she was minor. Name included in Addendum to Duluth 12/31/13 list. Laicization announced 11/29/17.
JohnstonJamesSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNMan came forward in 2004 to allege abuse by Johnston in 1960s when he was a minor. Johnston worked at St. Louis King of France between 1954 and 1961. $42K settlement reached in 2004. Name is not included on either the original or the amended lists of credibly accused priests released by the Archdiocese on 12/2/13 and 02/17/14.
KabatPaulSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWorked in Dioceses of Duluth, Crookston Belleville IL and St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese. Name released by order in 7/15 as part of 2/15 settlement. Name added 11/3/17 by St. Paul-MInneapolis archdiocese to list of 19 “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.” Left the Oblates in 1989. Died 5/31/99.
KampaDennis C.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNSued 1995. Accused of abusing a girl (age 13-16) in 1981-84. He claims in 2013 that he merely kissed the girl on the lips and gave her a hug on one occasion. He was an active priest until he retired 2002. Was removed from ministry in 2003. Lives in Victoria MN in 2013 at age 81. Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse ofminors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13.
KapounRobertSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNKapoun (the Polka Padre) accused in 1989 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 12-yr- old boy for 2 yrs (1973-1974) after the boy sought counseling. Accused of sexual battery and clergy malpractice. Suit settled in 1990. In 1995 4 men filed lawsuits claiming abuse as minors by Kapoun 1966-1981. In 2/96 jury awarded $550K in damages and $600K punitives to one victim. Decision overturned on SOL. A 2nd case settled and in 3rd the jury found outside SOL. Permanently removed 2002. Still receives $$ from Archdiocese for medical pension as of 2014.
KeatingMichael JeromeSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNOrdained at 46. Woman filed suit 10/14/13 alleging he sexually abused her in late 1990s for 2-3 years beginning when she was 13 and he was in seminary and visited her family for meals, Woman finally told her family in 2006 and went to Archdiocese. After investigation, AD found insufficient evidence but placed him under certain restrictions. Took leave 10/13/13 from Univ. of St. Thomas. Police reports indicate possible abuse of 14-yr-old girl in Italy. Denies all allegations. Not on list released 12/5/13. Keating finally resigned f9/17/14 from his position at St. Thomas in light of employment options and long-standing goals.
KempThomasSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNMan filed suit 12/07 accusing Kemp, a deacon at St. Agnes Parish, of abusing him for several years in 1980s when he went to the man for counseling. Abuse began when Plaintiff was in second or third grade and continued until he was between 10-13. Archdiocese prompty issued a statement denying that Kemp was ever a deacon or ever had any privileges of any type. Kemp was at St. Agnes Parish 1986-1992. Plaintiff told diocese in 2002 but nothing done.
KernJerome (Jerry) C.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNKern abused one youth in 1977 in swimming pool at seminary. In 1993 the man went to Vicar General and found out that archdiocese had file on Kern dating back to 1969 when he was accused of grabbing the genitals of two boys. He was transferred after boys’ mothers complained. The man immediately filed suit which later settled. Other accusers known. Kern was never to work in another parish, but he was active parish priest until 2002 when he took medical disability leave. Sued 11/13. In 4/14 deposition, Kern denied that his actions constituted abuse but that it consisted of nonsexual horseplay, hugging and wrestling. Also said that Archdiocese never warned him he could go to jail for his actions and never disciplined him.
KlaersMarvin J.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAfter ordination worked in New Ulm and Shakopee, Assigned in 1965 to Hampton, then St. Paul. In 1975 transferred to Miesville and New Trier. Retired 2002, continued to help out in parishes until 6/14. Klaers’ name included on archdiocese’s 2/15 list of accused, re alleged abuse of an adolescent boy in the late 1970s. Lawsuit served 5/12/16. Klaers denied the allegations.
KolarMichael G.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAccused of sexually assaulting at least 3 girls while counseling them at Catholic Youth Center. One woman said she was molested in 1984 while on a retreat. The Diocese learned of incident in 1986. Remedial measures were taken and he was left on staff.In 1988 Diocese learned of alleged 1973 incident involving another girl being and he was removed from staff. A civil suit settled for $6K. He admitted he was a sex addict. Voluntarily laicized 1993. On St. Paul revised list 2/17/14. Personnel filed released by Anderson & Assoc. 07.23.14
KrautkremerLee D.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNMan filed 2002 suit alleging Krautkremer abused him in 1977 when he was 10 and that Archdiocese had gone back on 1983 verbal agreement that priest would be placed where he could not abuse children. Krautkremer was assigned to at least two more parishesand then in 1989 he was assigned as hospital chaplain where he worked until 2002 when permanently removed. Archdiocese paid $20K of priest’s personal loans in 2003. Civil suit dismissed on SOL in 2004 & plaintiff appealed. Laicized in 2006.
LaVanKennethSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNOne woman sued him in late 1980s re abuse from 1960-1965 when she was between 12-17. Case settled in 1992. Another woman alleged abuse in 1980s when she too was teenager. Also known for relationships with adult women. Diagnosed with compulsive sexuality disorder in 1989 but never removed. Retired 1997. Name revealed on 2/17/14 on Arch. St. Paul’s revised list of credibly accused priests. Finally removed from all active ministry 11/30/13. Information from his files released 3/31/14. Personnel files released 8/14. Abp Flynn was told of his boundary violations with women in 2005 but the allegations from the two girls were barely mentioned and it was said there were significant doubts about their stories. Flynn decided no further investigation was necessary. A third teenage victim was later identified in his personnel files.
LilesRonan C.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNA/K/A Charles R. or Charles B. Liles. Sued 1999. Accused of abuse of 2 brothers in early 1970s. Plaintiffs say they met Liles at boy scout camp. He would shower with them and hug and kiss them. They often stayed overnight at rectory, sleeping in same bed as Liles. Case dismissed on statute of limitations. Appealed to MN Court of Appeals which upheld the dismissal 8/00. Placed on leave 1982. Dispensed from Vows 1985. The archdiocese has stated that Liles may have died prior to 2006.
LoftusRobertSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13. Archdiocese qualifies inclusion by saying that he was credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a “young woman” in early 1970s but independent investigation has failed to determine if the woman was a minor. Investigation continues as of 12/13. Laicized in 1977. Lives in Coon Rapids, MN
LongleyAlfredSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13. Served in several parishes and as military chaplain from 1942 -1952. Permanently removed from ministry in 1968. Died in 1974.
MajerusHarrySt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNOrdained for St. Paul archdiocese, incardinated into New Ulm 1957. Majerus’ name one of four with “substantiated” claims of sexual abuse of a minor released for the first time by St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese 10/23/14. Allegations against Majerus possibly first made in 1971; he was not removed until 1987. Died 8/28/95.
McCarthyTimothySt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13. On Special Assignment 1982-1984. Resigned and permanently removed from ministry 1991. Actually removed by Archdiocese for abuse of two minor boys early in career and a later abusive relationship with a college student. Archdiocese then helped him in career as Hennepin County correctional officer but he lost job in 1999 after being accused of criminal sexual conduct with a 17-year-old. Believed to be living in Oakdale or St. Paul MN per the 12/13 list. Personnel files released 6/14 show several incidents of abuse and treatment.
McGrathJohn E.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAccused in 1988 of molesting a grammar-school girl in 1963 or 1964 at McGrath’s 1st assignment, Nativity church in St Paul. Denied the allegation, which then-Vicar General Michael O’Connell and then-Chancellor Kevin McDonough found credible. McGrath was allowed to remain as pastor at Sacred Heart in Robbinsdale. Accused in 1993 suits of abusing 2 girls age 14 and 16 at St Helena’s in Minneapolis, McGrath’s 2nd assignment, in 1966-1969. McGrath denied the allegations, McDonough found them credible, but McGrath continued as pastor at Sacred Heart. The suits were dismissed and the complaints settled for a ‘nominal amount’ before appeal. On 10/2/14 a suit accused McGrath of forcing oral sex and attempting anal rape of a boy age 13 to 15 in 1978-1980 at Sacred Heart. Died 3/15/95..
MeyerThomas GregorySt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWorked in dioceses of Belleville and Springfield IL, Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO, Green Bay WI, St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Duluth MN. Name released by order in 7/15 as part of 2/15 settlement. Meyer’s name added 11/3/17 by St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese to list of 19 “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.” Died 7/7/12.
MohsWendellSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNFormer recruiter for Crosiers. Left Order 11/1/82 and was dispensed from vows 9/17/87. 4/06 suit alleged abuse by Mohs of 1 youth from 1980-1983. 2nd suit filed 5/06. 4/06 plaintiff settled 2/09 for $1.2M (part of larger $1.7M settlement by total of 9 accusers against Crosier Order and several priests). Mohs claims that he himself was abused by at least 1 member of Order in 1964. Crosier 3/14 list says not a member of the order at the time of the allegation but conflicts with previous information.
MonteroFrancisco (Fredy)St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNMontero, a priest from Ecuador, began working in Archdiocese in 2001 and supposedly was living with vicar general, Kevin McDonough, in St. Paul. Instead he was living with a woman. In 2007 he fled to Ecuador after woman complained to church and then to police that he had molested her 4-yr-old daughter. Church said Bp in Ecuador had recalled him. Civil suit was filed 9/08. Also known as Francisco “Fredy” Montero Monar. St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese warned Guaranda diocese and Vatican told of Montero’s past. In 2015 found to be active priest in remote parishes and with youth in Guaranda diocese.
MunieOrville LawrenceSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNDied 1993. Named publicly by order as credibly accused in 7/15. Added 7/3/17 by 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.”
MurphyJames RobertSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName included on the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese’s list released 2/11/15 of those with substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor. Assignments included St. Raphael in Crystal, and Immaculate Conception, St. Lawrence and Bethlehem Academy in Fairbault. Left ministry in 1990. Known 2/15 to be living in Arizona.
NamieJames BSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName included on list released by St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese 2/11/15 of those with substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor. Assignments included St. Rose of Lima in Roseville, St. Anthony in Minneapolis, St. Mark in Shakopee, Holy Family in St. Louis Park, Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights and St. Peter in Mendota. Left archdiocese to work as Maronite Rite priest 1970-1995. Removed from ministry 1995. Died 8/17/10.
NienstedtJohn C.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAccused 2013 of touching a boy’s buttocks after a Confirmation in 2009. County attorney found “insufficient evidence” in 3/14. Returned to ministry as archbishop. Internal investigation of alleged misconduct with adults revealed 7/14. It reportedly found “sexual advances” by Nienstedt toward two priests. Nienstedt kept findings secret and, per MPR report, authorized new investigation by 2nd law firm. Resigned 6/15, per 401.2, soon after archdiocese was criminally charged for contributing to child sex abuse. Documents released 7/16 show allegations of Nienstedt’s “promiscuous gay lifestyle”, and Vatican cover-up. Nienstedt denied the allegations. In 2016 working at Napa Institute in CA. Detroit archdiocese announced 10/18 that Nienstedt said he was going to move to a house he owns in southeast Michigan, agreeing to abstain from public ministry. Allegations revealed 12/18 he invited two minors to a hotel room to change out of wet clothes in 2005 at Vatican youth rally in Germany.
PalmitessaPaulSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13. Worked in Archdiocese from 1956-1982. Moved to San Diego Diocese 1982 – 1988. Excardinated from St. Paul in 1988 and joined San Diego. Retired in 1998 and on limited duty until 2012. No longer in Ministry. Currently lives in San Diego area. St. Paul learned of allegations in 1990 and told San Diego which sent him for eval & counseling and restricted him from being with boys & young men. Name not on San Diego 2007 list. Information from files released 3/31/14.
PinkoshJosephSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13. Permanently removed from ministry 1992. Last known to be in Columbia Heights, MN.
PotockiCharlesSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName included among 17 released by Archdiocese in 10/14, as part of settlement, of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors against them. Worked in Minnesota, Nebraska and Louisiana. Died 11/26/92.
ReynoldsFrancis J.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNNamed in civil suit filed 12/93. Alleged to have sexually abused a teen-age girl from about 1972 through 1984 while she was a parishioner and student at the St. Francis Xavier parish and school in Buffalo, Minn. Reynolds died in 1988.Permanently removed from ministry 1987. Died 1988. Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13.
RoseCharles AnthonySt. Paul-Minneapolis, MN“Raimond.” Accused in a 2003 CA suit of abuse of a 14-year-old boy in early 1982. Settled late 2004 for $1.1M. Rose moved back to MN in 1983 when allegations of abuse first surfaced. Suit filed in MN in 2/09 alleged the order and school knew of abuse of a boy but allowed Rose to continue working and to abuse 1966-67. Eight new suits in MN 2-11/09 claimed abuse after transfer to MN. Was living in Chicago without ministry from 2002. Other suits in ND and WI in 2010. One settled 9/10. 16 settled 12/10. On Oakland diocese’s list in 2019.
RyanPatrick JosephSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13. He was accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a minor in 1961 and included in report to John Jay Group. Archdiocese qualifies inclusion by saying that subsequent extensive and wide-ranging investigation took place. No evidence found to validate the accusation of sexual abuse.
SchlosserMarceneSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAccused in a 1996 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 1st-grade boy 2 or 3 times per week during the 1978-79 school year. Schlosser denied the charges, and her order stated that this was the only known allegation against her. Settled 10/2000.
SchmittUrbanSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWorked in IN, NE & MN. In 1994 Schmitt admitted to sexual abuse of girl in 1969. Crosiers offered counseling to woman, based on psychiatric evaluation. He was sent for evaluation to St. Luke’s; early retirement in 1994 but then continued to work part-time in NE for several years. Died 07/20/99. Name is included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. 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.”
ShaughnessyNoelSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNIdentified 2/11/15 as accused of the sexual abuse of a minor or minors in a notice of claim filed with the archdiocese and its insurers.
ShelleyJonathan P.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAllegations made in 10/3/13 hearing that archdiocese possessed images of child porn retrieved from Shelley’s former laptop. Computer purchaser found porn in 2003 and told church officials. Church allegedly hid evidence. He took sabbatical from St. John the Baptist in Hugo, MN 6/15/12. Placed on leave 3/13 after police were told of evidence and went to Archdiocese to get it. Police received CDs of adult porn. Also possible inappropriate emails with boy. No prosecution for possession of porn as of 1/29/14. Former high-ranking archdiocesan official turned whistleblower, Jennifer Haselberger, told police in 2013 that documents she had seen re the case said the porn included a pre-pubescent boy appearing to engage in oral sex with another male, and searches such as “naked boy pics.” Leave of absence 2014. Archbishop Hebda announced in 1/18 return to limited ministry as a prison chaplain.
SkluzacekRichardSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13. Retired 1998. Permanently removed from ministry 2005. Died in 2012.
StarkJames P.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNPermanently removed from ministry in 1986. Died in 1999. One of 9 new names included on revised Archdiocesan 02/17/14 list of clergy with substantiated claims regarding abuse of minors. No details of abuse were revealed. Independent group found his nameduring review of personnel files.
StevensMichael JohnSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNPled guilty in Anoka County Court in 1987 to sexual misconduct with a minor. Probation for 5 yrs, fine and treatment in NM. In 2002 Archbishop Flynn admitted that Stevens had been working on Diocese’s computer services team after past offenses. Flynn said his case had been made public in the past, archdiocesan staff was notified and his position did not involve working with children. Permanently removed from ministry 2002. Believed to be living in St. Paul in 2013. May also be referred to as John Michael Stevens. Information from files released 03/31/14.
StittsThomas S.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNTwo men filed suits alleging they were molested by Stitts in late 1960s and early 1970s at two separate churches. Archdiocese received lawsuits 1/93 but suits did not become public until they were filed with Court 1/95. Permanently removed from ministry 1985 and died same year at age 50. New suit filed 3/10 by four men claims Archdiocese knew of Stitts’ history before or during the time he was abusing them. Two more suits filed 6/10. 4 brothers filed suit 11/15/10. Another suit filed 6/14/13. Ongoing battle in court to obtain personnel files 7/14 and other archdiocesan files. Files finally released 8/14. Plaintiff in 6/14/13 suit, whose mother attempted to report his abuse in 1971 but was turned away by the Archdiocese, finally reached a settlement 08/20/14.
ThurnerRobert MichaelSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAdmitted in 1991 that he abused one boy in 1982 but ABp Roach allowed him to continue serving. Per his deposition, his sexual history began at ordination in 1951 when he frequented adult bookstores and gay bathhouses. Civil suits filed 1991 and 1993 accused him of molesting at least three boys. 1993 suit settled and dismissed 3/94. Results of 1991 suit unknown. Retired in 1991. Permanently removed from ministry 2002. New suit filed 10/29/13 by one woman alleging abuse in 2nd grade in mid-1980s.
TwardochlebEmilSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWorked in Canada, IL, MO, MN, WI, NE. Died 1/12/75. Name released by Attorney Jeff Anderson and Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis 2/11/15 among clergy with claims against them of sex abuse of minors.
WajdaJosephSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAbuse of boys began within 2-3 months of ordination. Two 1989 civil suits allege Wajda abused at least 2 boys. Both boys had sought counseling from Wajda, Both suits against Wajda settled out of Court in 1991, one for a “substantial” settlement. Wajda continued serving as priest in administrative capacity (including on marriage tribunal) until Bishops’ conference in Dallas 6/02 when he was placed on leave. Permanently removed 2003. Denied all abuse and appealed his case to review board. Still denied all allegations in 12/13 interview. Personnel file from St Paul Archdiocese released 07/09/14. Laicization announced by archdiocese 10/1/16.
WalterRaymond FrederickSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNReligious order priest who served in Archdiocese between 1964-1978 and 1981-1989 at St. Alphonsus in Brooklyn Center. Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13. Permanently removed from ministry 2003. Died in 2003.
WehmannMark H.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNRemoved from St. Boniface in Minneapolis 12/13 after review of personnel file by outside agency found references to several inappropriate incidents with minors. Some of these previously reported to police; no criminal charges filed. Remaining incidents reported to authorities. Also served as part-time chaplain at Fairview Univ. Hospital and chaplain for Chisago County Jail facility. On 6/24/16 Archbishop announced Wehmann’s return to public ministry, as recommended by the Ministerial Review Board. He referred to Wehmann’s “immature behavior toward kids and adults” and said he had had professional counseling and spiritual direction.
WehmeyerCurtis CarlSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNDWI conviction 2009. Tried to pick up teen boys. Sentenced to 90 days jail; served four days and two years supervised probation. Removed 6/12 from parish after complaint of misconduct with two minors. Arrested 6/22/12 on charges of sexual assault. One youth told police abuse was over two years. Criminal charges filed 9/12. Child porn charges filed 10/12. Pled guilty 11/8/12. Permanently removed 11/12. Sentenced to 5 years prison 2/1/13. New suit 1/30/14. Information from personnel file released 3/31/14. Charged 11/14 with sex assault in WI. Laicized 3/15. County criminally charged archdiocese 6/5/15 for failing to protect children in Wehmeyer’s abuse of three minors. Civil motion filed also; settled 12/15. Charges dropped vs archd 7/16 in settlement agreement. Archd admitted wrongdoing. Three brothers abused by Wehmeyer filed suit vs the Vatican in 5/19.
WhittetHarold E.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNWhittet was one of 17 priests listed on 8/02 memo to ABp Flynn regarding priests with known abuse histories but his name was omitted from Archdiocesan list released 12/13. No reason given. No further details of abuse released. He died 10/08/89.
WilhelmAnthony JosephSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNNamed publicly as accused by the Paulist order on its list 3/8/19. It notes an allegation reported in 2017 of abuse in Minneapolis in 1964, and that the report was part of the MN Child Victims Act. Wilhelm left the Paulists 8/20/75 and died 7/7/99.
WorzallaVincentSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNAssigned to Holy Cross in Minneapolis 1915-1951 and Holy Trinity in St. Paul 1951-1962. Died 1962. Worzalla’s name was included on the archdiocese’s list 11/3/17 of clergy with claims of substantiated abused against them.
ZachmanFrancisSt. Paul-Minneapolis, MNName first released on archdiocese’s 5/22/14 revised list of accused priests and brothers. Worked in archdiocese 1973-1982. Assignments included pastor at Assumption in Richfield 1973-1981, as administrator at St. Albert in Albertville, at St. George in Long Lake and as associate pastor at St. Casimir in St. Paul. Accused in April 1982 of sexual abuse of a minor female. Died in 1983. NOTE: List and articles refer to him as a Franciscan TOR but research indicates he was actually an Oblate priest (OMI).
AdamsonThomasWinona, MNReportedly 100+ victims. At least 12 suits filed late 1980s-early 1990s. Permanently removed from ministry 1984. Trial on one suit with major verdict for plaintiff 12/90. Civil suit filed 4/06. Abused in Winona prior to transfer to St Paul AD. All settlements estimated at over $6M. One 2006 case dismissed 2010 reinstated by Court of Appeals 6/11; rejected by MN Supreme Court 7/12. Living in Rochester MN. Banned from church property. New suits 5/30/13 & 8/28/13 under new MN law. Laicized 2009. Deposition in 5/06 released 6/11/14. To draw monthly pension with medical and dental coverage for rest of life. As of 7/14, judge ruled for plaintiff 09/03/14. New suit filed 4/17/16. Suit filed 5/23/16 re abuse of 4th grade boy at Cathedral, 1969-72. Named in 10/18 suit vs Vatican. Died 2/25/19. One victim joined suit vs Vatican, reported in 5/19.
BrownSylvester F.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Brown’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. List updated 06/23/14 to show that there were at least two allegations against him known by Diocese as early as 1985. He asked a minor male and an adult male to expose genitals under pretext of checking their development. Similar allegations made in 1992, 2003 and 2013 for period from 1963-1971. He died 01/06/10
CashmanJoseph C.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Cashman”s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Further information released by Diocese 6/23/14. Accused of making sexual approaches to several minor males prior to 1986 and also accused of actual sexual contacts with minor students and some seminarians. Sent to St. Luke’s. His privileges were suspended 9/92 and laicization pending in Canonical Tribunal as of 6/14. Was living in Dallas, TX.
CookLouis G.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Cook’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Further information released by Diocese 06/23/14. Complaint received 10/97 re allegation of sexual abuse of a minor female. In 6/14, Diocese reported that complainant withdrew the allegation approximately 4 days later. Cook retired 07/01/98 and died 11/26/04. No further allegations found in his file.
CurtisWilliam D.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Curtis’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Diocese updated his information 06/23/14. Complaints of child sexual abuse made against Curtis in 10/88 and 6/90. Sent to St. Luke’s for treatment 7/90. Ministerial privileges suspended 1/91 while at St. Luke’s. Died 04/10/01.
DuaneThomas E.Winona, MNAccused by woman in 4/02 letter to Bishop Harrington of sexually abusing her as a girl in late 1940s, while assigned to St. Ignatius, Spring Valley MN. Duane there 6/3/47-6/20/54. Retired 1979. Died 1993. Included on diocese’s list of names of credibly accused priests released per court order 4/13/15.
FeitenJohn RichardWinona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Feiten’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. He retired from active ministry 6/00 and died 7/9/01. After his death, two separate complaints of abuse of minor boys were received against Feiten. Abuse in 1969 was reported in 2002 and a second, undated complaint was made in 04/06.
HatchRichard H.Winona, MNFollowing a court order, on 12/16/13 Bishop Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests with “credible” allegations. First public accusation against Hatch. Diocese updated its list 06/23/14. Hatch voluntarily ceased ministry and permanently left Diocese in 1963 after being removed for personal financial mismanagement and ignoring Bishop’s directives on same. Died 10/15/05. Diocese updated list 6/23/14, saying that it received complaint in 1996 that Hatch molested two boys and taken pornographic pictures of a third. In 5/13, Diocese also received a complaint of child sex abuse 1959-1962. Accused in 12/15 lawsuit of sex abuse of 13-14 yr old boy in 1962.
HubertEugene H.Winona, MNUnclear if ordained (not found in the Official Catholic Directory). Accused publicly in 5/19 of sexually abusing at least five boys when a Fathers of the Sacred Hearts seminarian and St. Mary’s College student in Winona MN 1968-71. Claims filed by three brothers against Winona-Rochester diocese. Left MN, went on to work as janitor for 30 years in Catholic and public schools in Albany, NY. Worked at summer camps in at least three states, drove school buses, volunteered for youth organizations. Accusations public in 12/18 that Hubert raped at least two boys in the late 1970s while working as a janitor at St. Teresa of Avila school in Albany. Hubert died in 1997.
KaiserFerdinand L.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Kaiser’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Voluntarily resigned 3/68. Died 1/3/73. Diocese updated its list 06/23/14 with additional information. Criminally charged 5/68 with sexual abuse of a minor boy (sodomy). Pled guilty same month and was sentenced 7/11/68. In 01/93, diocese received allegations that he abuses a boy and a girl after his 1968 resignation.
KoppalaLeo CharlesWinona, MNPriest of Nellore Diocese, India. Came to US 10/08. Assigned to Ss Peter and Paul in Blue Earth MN 8/09. Accused in 6/13 of kissing and fondling 11 yr old girl. Arrested 6/8/13. Charged with 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct. Released on bail 7/11/13. Put on administrative leave without privileges. Admitted everything but fondling girl’s breasts Pled guilty 3/14 to criminal sexual misconduct. On Diocese’s 12/16/13 list. Sentenced to 25 yrs probation 3/31/14 but will be deported to India instead. He was finally deported and handed over to Indian authorities 5/14/14. Diocese’s information on Koppala was updated 06.23.14.
KroughJack L.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Krough’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Diocese updated list 6/23/14 with additional information. Ministerial privileges indefinitely suspended 6/02 and he left active ministry. Diocese reports he was confronted in 1993 with naked picture of 16-yr-old boy taken in approx. 1978 Sent to St. Luke’s for treatment and reinstated. Removed by diocese again in 1997 after allegation of abuse from 1969-71. Sent again to St. Luke’s. Assigned as.Chaplain for the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1999. Ministerial privileges indefinitely suspended 6/02. Left active ministry after another allegation involving adult male. Last known to be living in Barron WI. DIed 10/12/14. Laicization had been pending.
KuisleMichael J.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Kuisle’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Diocese updated information on its list 6/23/14. Voluntarily resigned 9/71. Died 12/21/71. Separate complaints made to Diocese in 1994 and in 1999 by two female students who said he sexually molested them in 1960s.
LennonJames W.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Lennon’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Voluntarily left active ministry 6/84. Diocese updated information on its list 06/23/14 to say he was laicized. Had relationships with two adult women after leaving ministry. Admitted to Diocese that he had sexually abused a 17 yr old girl for several years but denied abusing any other person. Died 8/8/00.
MahonGeraldWinona, MNMahon, Vicar General and former director of Vocations for Diocese, was accused of improprieties by two seminarians in cases that were never publicized and were settled out of court and sealed in early 1990s. Both settlements involved under $100K, mostly for counseling. One involved a seminarian who also implicated priests in 2-3 other dioceses. Other involved seminarian’s allegations against Mahon, 3 other bishops and another vicar general. This was resolved by offering counseling and career training.
MountainHarold BWinona, MNAccused in 2011 letter to Winona diocese from man who said Mountain fondled him when he was a second or third grader after forcing him to pull down his pants. Man said he was sent to Mountain at school for discipline. Time frame not made public. Among numerous others, Mountain’s assignments included Christ the King Parish in Medford and Corpus Christi 1/30/52- 8/5/68; Sacred Heart in Hayfield from 9/1//47-6/15/50. Retired 1989. Died 11/12/06. Name included on the diocese’s list of names of credibly accused priests released per court order 4/13/15.
MountainJosephWinona, MNAccused in a lawsuit 4/16 of child sexual abuse 1988-95. Per 1994 Directory, Mountain was assigned to Sacred Heart in Waseca. Diocese stated in 2016 he was no longer in ministry.
SmithLeland J.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Smith’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Diocese updated information on its list 6/23/14. Ministerial privileges indefinitely suspended in 1994 after Diocese received several complaints that he molested minor males. Completed treatment and was allowed to minister to elderly adults until new allegation received 2002. All of his privileges were removed again. Laicized 04/11/14.
StuppyGeorgeneWinona, MNAccused in a 1992 suit of sexually abusing a girl at a parish school from 1978-1981 (ages 13-17). Stuppy did not deny the physical relationship but said she did not see it as sexual. Settled 1993. She spent the last 20 yrs of her career working in varios capacities at Assisi Heights in Rochester, MN (the Order’s main headquarters). She died May 23, 2009 at age 70.
TaylorRobert H.Winona, MNFollowing a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bp. Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had “credible” accusations of abuse involving minors. Taylor’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Diocese updated the information on its list 6/23/14. Diocese received an allegation 8/94 that he had sexually abused a minor male in 1983. He was asked to go to treatment but refused. He was then suspended from ministry 2/95 and died 5/10/12.

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