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Missouri Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Missouri Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Missouri 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
BehanHughJefferson City, MONative of Ireland. Accused in 1993 of abuse of 13- year-old girl in 1983. Also claim of sexual misconduct with 18 yr old woman. Allowed to continue working until 1999 when different Bishop placed him on leave. In 2002 he was working for Disney World in Florida as a greeter. Parishioners from MO saw him and reported to Diocese. Disney World fired him immediately but he claimed he quit for health reasons. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
BrookeGeoffrey A.Jefferson City, MOAssociate pastor of Immaculate Conception Church and School in Jefferson City when placed on leave in 3/19 due to allegations of “boundary violations with minors.” The school community was informed by Bishop McKnight via letter on 3/10/19. Diocesan Review Board to review allegations. Prior to ordination, worked at Catholic News Service. in Washington DC. First assignments in the diocese were in Sedalia, at Sacred Heart and St. Patrick’s. Also worked at the Newman Center at U. of Missouri.
BuescherDavid G.Jefferson City, MOSpiritual Director and Faculty Member (religion, music, speech, liturgy), at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Hannibal, 1971-1976. Reported to be on “Special Assignment” for three years, 1985-1988. Retired in 2005. Reportedly, one allegation of abuse against him. Died 2/3/13. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
ClohessyKevinJefferson City, MOAssigned to Student Center at Northeast MO State Univ in 1993 when a student claimed that Clohessy had sexually abused him. Diocese substantiated claim, removed him from active priesthood, and sent him for treatment. Reassigned to new parish in 1995; took voluntary leave in 2000. A 2003 civil suit alleged abuse of one minor boy by Clohessy and a second priest. Clohessy allegedly abused the boy 1984-1993. As of 11/18 Clohessy had not been laicized. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
CollinsJudeJefferson City, MOMember of the Congregation of Presentation Brothers (F.P.M.). On Diocese of Jefferson City’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have died in 2000.
DalyManusJefferson City, MODaly removed from active ministry in 3/02 on past allegations that he abused a student at St. Thomas Aquinas seminary. Student said Daly, dean of students, tried to seduce him once, on a trip to Belleville. The man complained to the Diocese in 1996 about Daly, Fr. John Fischer, AND (later Bishop) Anthony J. O’Connell. The diocese paid a $125,000 settlement to the man in 1996. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
DeAngelisJohn B.Jefferson City, MOFirst named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/8/18. Died 2/13/89.
DegnanJohn F.Jefferson City, MOAccused in 2001 of abusing a boy in the 1960s. Additional allegations in 2002 and 2005. At least 17 (and up to 50) alleged victims. One accuser received a $60K confidential settlement in 2005. Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Westphalia, 1961-62 and 1971-74; Immaculate Conception, Montgomery City, 1982-87. Also assigned to Pilot Grove, Boonville, Linn, Gravois Mills, Versailles, St. Elizabeth, Dixon, and Chouteau Springs. Lived in supervised residential treatment center in Missouri. Died 12/09/10. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
DornLouis E.Jefferson City, MOPlaced on leave 4/06. Accused of abuse several years ago. No other details. Per 12/06 article, archdiocese has cleared him and returned him to active duty. Review board found 1 accusation by 1 individual to be unsubstantiated.
DoyleBrendanJefferson City, MODoyle, who worked at Helias High School, was placed on temporary leave 11/11 after computer technician found “inappropriate images.” Computer has been sent for further examination. Still in residence at Immaculate Conception as of 12/2/11 but not allowed to perform his duties as associate pastor. “Whistleblower” sent letter to SNAP 12/11 advising of prior knowledge of Doyle’s inappropriate actions in 2008 by Diocese. Review Board recommended continued suspension 3/12. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
DuesdiekerRobert W.Jefferson City, MOPlaced on leave 12/28/16 during investigation by diocese and law enforcement of report of inappropriate conduct with minors 25 years previously. Incidents said to have occurred while Duesdieker was assigned to Immaculate Conception in Owensville. He denied the allegations. Added to diocese’s list 12/16/18, after the diocesan review board deemed the allegations credible.
DugganThomasJefferson City, MOFirst named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/8/18. Died in 2009.
FalettiStephen L.Jefferson City, MONative of Peoria IL, ordained for the Diocese of Jefferson City. In 2002 a youth worker (later fired by diocese) reported complaints about conduct of Faletti and another priest at a seminary for high school in 1991. Per diocese, Faletti was removed from active priesthood in the mid-1990s after credible allegations that he had molested children. Absent on leave per 2002 Catholic Directory. Faletti died 1/21/17. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
FischerJohn H.Jefferson City, MOPer 3/02 news article, a man alleged in 1996 that he had been molested by Fischer at a Catholic school. The man said that when he was 11 Fischer pulled him over and kissed him on the lips during confession, and that Fischer continued to molest him for two more years. Diocese gave accuser $125K in settlement for claims against Fischer, Fr. Manus Daly and (future) Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell. Removed from priesthood in 1993 after allegations involving other children. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
GreeneDonalJefferson City, MOFirst named publicly as accused by the diocese n its list updated 12/16/18. Deceased.
LahrMelvinJefferson City, MOAdded to the diocese’s 12/16/18 updated list of credibly accused clerics.
LongJohnJefferson City, MOFirst named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/8/18. Removed from ministiry.
LucasEricJefferson City, MOMember of the Congregation of Presentation Brothers (F.P.M.). On Diocese of Jefferson City’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have been removed from ministry in the diocese.
McMylerPatrickJefferson City, MOFirst named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 11/8/18. Died in 1985.
McNallyJames P.Jefferson City, MOMcNally, a 1980 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, was on staff there in 1986 when he befriended a 16-year-old student and became a favorite with the boy’s family. Abuse reportedly continued on trips and at rectories for eight years. Alleged victim told Bishop McAuliffe in 1996 and McNally was sent for therapy. Public not told of his behavior until 2004 news article. McNally left priesthood, was laicized and married. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
MohanJames J.Jefferson City, MOPossibly from Ireland. Died 3/17/90. Accused of sexual molestation of at least two teen boys. Removed suddenly from last assignment at Visitation parish, Vienna, MO. Arrest warrant may have been issued for him. Reportedly the Diocese pulled him from the parish in the middle of the night and put him on a plane to England. Official Catholic Directory reported him on duty outside the diocese for much of the 1980s. On diocese’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have died in 1990.
MulokoziDeusdeditJefferson City, MO“Fr. Deo.” From Tanzania. Priest of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.) Arrived in MO (part of his Order’s Kansas City Province) in 2014 from Tanzania. Assigned 2014-15 to the parishes of Sacred Heart and St. Patrick in Sedalia and St. John the Evangelist in Bahner. First named publicly as accused on the Diocese of Jefferson City’s list 11/8/18. In 5/15 a 15-year-old girl reported to the police that Mulokozi gave her a “dirty hug” after a counseling session at Sacred Heart. Detectives requested he be charged with third-degree assault; prosecutors chose not to pursue. Review board found Mulokozi guilty of boundary violations. Sent to Liberty, then to a Houston treatment center for evaluation. Expelled from the diocese. Returned by his Order to ministry in Tanzania. Per website in 2/19, active priest in Numbyani, Kenya parish.
MusholtSilasJefferson City, MOFirst named publicly as accused on the Diocese of Jefferson City’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have died in 1999.
NixonDominicJefferson City, MOMember of the Congregation of Presentation Brothers (F.P.M.). On Diocese of Jefferson City’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have been removed from ministry in the diocese.
O’Connell (Bp)Anthony J.Jefferson City, MOBishop of Knoxville 1988-1998 and Bishop of Palm Beach 1998-2002. Resigned 3/02 after accusations he abused student at Jefferson City MO seminary prior to becoming bishop. Two claims settled 2004 for $5K each, paid by O’Connell, and more from Jefferson City Diocese. Numerous other claims from MO. None known from the Palm Beach Diocese. New accusers in MO came forward 5/12, shortly after O’Connell’s death on 5/4/12. On Jefferson City diocese’s list 11/8/18.
PattersonCharles H.Jefferson City, MOOne allegation of abuse of a minor. No information on where or when. Served as rector of the newly established St. Thomas Aquinas Preparatory Seminary in Hannibal, MO from 1957 to early 1960s. Held many different positions within the Jefferson City Diocese. Retired in 2005. Died May 6, 2010 at age 86.
PoolGary W.Jefferson City, MOIn 2003, a man filed suit alleging abuse 1979-1984 by former priest and deacon Pool. Pool’s accuser said he went to another priest for counseling, and that he was abused by that priest 1984-1993. Pool denied all charges. He took a leave of absence in 1987. Laicized in 1993. He later married. On the Jefferson City diocese’s list 11/8/18.
SchlachterEric A.Jefferson City, MOFirst named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 12/6/18. Noted to have been removed from ministry.
SchuttyJohn JosephJefferson City, MOPlaced on leave 4/06. Accused of abuse of minor several years prior. Diocese announced in 12/06 that review board found the allegations to be credible. Schutty was then removed from his position as pastor. On the diocese’s list 11/8/18.
ScobeeRobert G.Jefferson City, MOFirst assignment was at Immaculate Conception, later became St. Pius X) parish, in Moberly. At one point in his career, there was one allegation of abuse. On leave of absence at Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs NM 1970-1972. Reassigned to a parish 1973-1974 No assignment in 1975. Retired 1976. Died 4/30/79.
SeifnerThomasJefferson City, MOPastor of parishes in Loose Creek and Bonnots Mill beginning 7/09. Removed 12/09 after allegations that he had engaged in “inappropriate electronic communication” with a minor male five years previously. Review board found his actions to be true sexual abuse of a minor. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
SmythSean J.Jefferson City, MOReport to Msgr. Gregory Higley in the late 1990s that Smyth sexually abused a 5-year-old girl in about 1959. Smyth died 8/17/90. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
TatroTimothyJefferson City, MOFirst named publicly by the diocese as accused on its list 11/8/18. Removed from ministry.
WallaceDonald L.Jefferson City, MOParents of four boys accused Wallace in 1997 of “boundary violations” or inappropriate behavior. Wallace underwent treatment was assigned to hospital ministry in 1998, under supervision. He was reassigned to parish work in 2000. Retired in 2002 rather than undergo “further evaluation.” On diocese’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have been removed from ministry.
WhiteleyJohn J.Jefferson City, MOAccused in 1991 suit of abusing David Clohessy 1969-73 from about age 12. Abuse included touching the boy’s genitals and lying on top of him during trips, some of them out-of-state. Allegedly abused others including Clohessy’s brother Kevin, later a priest and himself accused of abuse. College chaplain from 1983; Army reserve chaplain by 1990; chancery job 1991; resigned and disappeared 1992. Case dismissed 1992 after MO Supreme Court decision on new SOL law. Reportedly became a flight attendant. Last known to be living in Naples FL, possibly moved to Miami area. Diocese gave David Clohessy $40,000 settlement 8/19/15. Clohessy asked the diocese to post names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics on parish websites and to warn FL Catholics about Whiteley; the diocese did not meet that request. As of 11/18 Whitely had not been laicized. On diocese’s list 11/8/18.
BaskettJohn C.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOAccused in 2007 of seducing 15-year-old girl in 1952 after using alcohol to incapacitate her. Suit filed 3/08. Abuse included intercourse and continued through 1954. He was then transferred to a parish later located in the Jefferson City MO diocese. Became Air Force chaplain in 1955, first as part of Kansas City MO, then as Springfield-Cape Girardeau priest. On duty in Raleigh diocese 1978-79, then not listed in Directory. Died 6/23/95 in Las Vegas. Civil suit settled 8/08 in $10M settlement re 12 priests.
BrewerMichael E.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOIn 1990 Brewer allegedly fondled young man who was spending night at rectory. When diocese informed, answer was “this happens to young men all the time” and that Plaintiff “would get over it.” Trial court dismissed 6 of 9 counts against Defendants. Appeals court allowed claims of negligent supervision. MO. Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that judges and juries should not question how the church supervises its clergy.
CouryPhilip J.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MODiocese announced 4/6/17 it had received a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by Coury while he was on staff at St John Minor Seminary 1975-78. Order restricted Coury’s public ministry prior to notifying diocese. Coury not living in diocese at time of announcement.
CroninThomasKansas City-St. Joseph, MOWoman filed suit 10/10 in MO alleging she was abused by both Cronin and Fr. John Tulipana at separate times.Told diocese in 2009 that in 1979 (at age 17) she confessed to Cornin that she was being sexually abused by relative. Cronin molested her on multiple occasions. He left KC in 1996 to work as hospital chaplain in Reno NV. He “retired” in 2004. Worked as Admin. of St. Mary in the Mts. in NV in 2010 per their bulletin. Removed 10/22/10. Involved with Rachel’s Sanctuary, (for homeless women) in NV.
FordJames H.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOCivil suit filed 2/12 alleges that Ford abused one youth in 1970s. He worked as associate pastor in 3 parishes in Kansas City area between 1973 – 1983, completed an advanced degree and then worked for a religious training center for adults until 1986 when he resigned from ministry. Died in 1992, possibly of AIDS. One accuser went to diocese in 1995. Accepted counseling and settlement. Unable to determine if plaintiff in 2012 suit is same individual.
FraserBurton J.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central Province on its list 12/7/19. Ordained for the Missouri Province, member of the Wisconsin Province when it was formed in 1955. Died in 1971. Allegation after his deat of abuse in the 1950s. Unclear as to where.
GeimerRichardKansas City-St. Joseph, MOTerminated from position at Archbishop O’Hara High School 11/13 after student found one picture on his school computer and notified the school administrators 10/13. He had been at the school for 28 years. Principal said picture was disturbing enough (and involved a youth) to warrant immediate termination, even before FBI completed its investigation.
Hart (Bp)JosephKansas City-St. Joseph, MOKC-St. Joseph priest, Cheyenne WY bishop 1976-2001. Resigned. Two allegations to KC-St. Joseph diocese in 1989 and 1992 that Hart abused boys late 1960s-early 1970s. After psych eval, returned to ministry in WY. Accused in 2002 of abuse of a boy in WY in 1976, during confession and on outings when Hart was bishop. Cleared by D.A. – alleged victim discredited. Named in 2004 civil suit by three men alleging abuse as boys. Other suits filed 2005. Claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement re 12 priests. Named in new suit 11/03/11. Settlements 2014. By 7/18 named by ten claimants in lawsuits. Investigation in 2018 after another man alleged abuse as a child in WY. Outside investigator found claims credible and said 2002 investigation was flawed and the claims then were credible. Report sent to Vatican in 5/18. Ministry restrictions, in place for years, to continue. Hart denied all accusations. Investigation reopened in 8/18. On Cheyenne’s list 6/12/19.
Honhart/HonartMark A.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOAccused in 3/11 civil suit of molesting an 8- to 9-year-old boy at Holy Cross in KC 1985-86. Settled 2015. Fr. Hugh Monahan, was accused of abusing the same boy when he was 13. Honhart worked in MO 1980-2002 before transferring to PA in 2003. KC diocese said no complaints made to superiors in MO during ministry. Placed on leave by Scranton Diocese 2/2/11 “for health reasons” after it learned of accusations. Also worked in NM. New suits filed 8/11 & 11/11. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, in which name misspelled “Honart.” On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18.
HoppeSylvester J.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOMan filed suit in California 6/02 alleging abuse by Hoppe for 3 yrs beginning when he was 12 in 1951. Suit said abuse took place in Missouri and at Boy Scout Jamboree in California. Hoppe, age 90, was banned from celebrating Mass. Accuser said he told police in 1985; no record of complaint found. Suit settled 9/03 for $10,000. Two more men filed suit in 2005 alleging abuse in 1950s. Hoppe died in 2002. Claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement re 12 priests. In 12/17 the diocese confirmed that there was a seventh claim of child sexual abuse against Hoppe, dating to 1953-1956.
JohnsonEarlKansas City-St. Joseph, MOAccused of abuse of one youth at St. Elizabeth Parish in Kansas City for 3 years during the 1970s per a 6/08 civil suit. Suit says that on one occasion, a priest closed a door to the room where the abuse was going on. Johnson left the order at some point and is currently believed to be working in Kansas City as an elementary school teacher in a public school. Claim settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement re 12 priests.
LawbaughJamesKansas City-St. Joseph, MONamed in civil suit filed 2/08 which claims he abused a 10 yr old boy at St. Vincent’s Church in Kansas City in 1968. He left the priesthood in 1969 to marry and currently lives in Florida. He has denied the allegations. Claim settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement re 12 priests.
McGlynnFrancis E.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MORetired in 1992; privileges removed 2002. Sued 2003. Plaintiff claimed McGlynn sexually abused him in 1971 and 1974 while Plaintiff was an altar boy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Trial set for 10/07 but case settled 9/27/07 for$225K. Two women also filed separate suits in 2003 and 2004. 2003 suit dismissed on SOL 12/04. At least 1 claim settled in 8/08 $10M settlement re 12 priests. New suit filed by woman 10/11 re abuse in 1963-1964. Died 5/12. Plaintiff dropped name from suit–Diocese still in.
MonahanHugh F.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOSix men filed total of 5 suits alleging abuse by Monahan. One of the plaintiffs was Monahan’s nephew. Another said he lived with Monahan for a time and Diocese knew it. Abuse took place between 1970s and mid-1980s. Monahan took leave from priesthood in 1973 but came back. Left again in 1989. May have moved to Puerto Rico. Claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement re 12 priests. Monahan and another priest named in new suit filed by 1 man 3/11. Also named in 8/11 suit.
MuthStephen J.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOOrdained in Toronto, Canada. Removed from KC position in 2004 after allegation surfaced that he abused a 12-year-old boy in 1992 and again later when accuser was an adult. Member of Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma Ohio and also administrator of parish in KC-St. Joseph diocese. Civil suit filed 4/06. Diocese investigated and cleared him. Civil suit against Muth and Parma dismissed 4/09. Per news in 6/19, Muth was in active ministry in MO, TX and then in Whiting, IN. Retired in 1/18. Placed on administrative leave in 10/18.
O’BrienThomas J., MsgrKansas City-St. Joseph, MOMonsignor. Accused 5 times of abusing minors; worked as chaplain at KC Hospital until he retired 4/02. Often worked in schools. Several plaintiffs filed suit 1/04 against O’Brien and 2 other priests. Other suits filed 2004-05. Settlement of 1 suit announced 4/07. Some claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement re 12 priests. Named in new suits 2/11, 9/11 (wrongful death re suicide in 1983 of 14-yr-old alleged victim) & 11/11. Named in more than 2 doz lawsuits. Wrongful death suit settled for $2.25M 7/13 during jury selection. Died 10/13. Settlement in 2014 for $10M with 31 plaintiffs involving 13 priests, including O’Brien.
ParrottThomasKansas City-St. Joseph, MOMan came forward in 2010 to allege that Parrott had molested him for 2 yrs beginning at age 14 when he was a student at St. John’s Minor Seminary in Kansas City and Parrott was his spiritual advisor and confessor. The plaintiff settled with the Vincentian Order. Parrott retired from Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese in 1987 and moved to Florida Died in January, 1996.
ParryBedeKansas City-St. Joseph, MOA 6/11 suit alleged Parry, then a Benedictine priest and boys’ choir director at Conception Abbey in northwest MO, sexually abused boy on one occasion in 1987 at summer choir camp. Bede had been affiliated with the abbey since 1973. He admitted to Abbot in 1981 that he had been involved in 3 inappropriate relationships between 1973 and 1979. Became Episcopal priest in Las Vegas 10/15/04. Resigned from position 2011 after suit filed. Admitted abuse of several. A second suit filed 7/11. Died 11/27/13. On Las Vegas diocese’s list 4/12/19. (No known allegations there.)
RatiganShawn FrancisKansas City-St. Joseph, MOSchool principal complained of behavior 5/10. Not removed from St. Patrick until 12/10 after child porn found on laptop. Tried suicide. Police told of 1 picture but said not porn. Assigned to say mass for nuns. Reported to police 5/11. Arrested 5/19/11. Sued several times. Some civil suits settled, including 1 for $1.3M. Two more settled 2/14 for total of $1.8M. Pled guilty to Federal pornography charges in 2013. Sentenced to 50 yrs 9/11/13. Sentenced to 3 7-yr sentences 10/13 on state charges. Ratigan was laicized in 1/14. Federal Appeals Court upheld the 50 year sentence 07/24/14.
ReardonThomas M.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOFirst suits filed 2004 by six alleged abuse by Reardon and two other priests at a lake home or at church. The priests allegedly would give the kids drugs and alcohol. Reardon left active ministry in 1989 and resigned from priesthood in 1989. Worked as substance abuse counselor. Suit against Reardon and one other priest settled in 4/07. Other claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement involving twelve priests. Named in 2/11, 4/11 & 11/11 suits claiming abuse of boys. At least 24 accusers. Suit filed 7/18.
Sullivan (Bp)Joseph VincentKansas City-St. Joseph, MOOrdained for Diocese of Kansas City, MO. Auxiliary Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese 1967-74. Bishop of Baton Rouge Diocese 1974-1982. Died 9/4/82. Accused in a 4/04 lawsuit of abusing a 17-year-old boy in 1975. Baton Rouge diocese’s review board deemed claim “serious and deserving of careful attention.” Settled 10/04; sealed. Named in 2005 suit in HI dating to time in KC; settled 2007. New suit filed in 2007 in TX; settled 10/09 for $225K. On Baton Rouge diocese’s list in early 2019. It notes multiple allegations reported 2004, 2005, 2007, of abuse 1974-82. On Corpus Christi diocese’s list 1/31/19.
TierneyMichaelKansas City-St. Joseph, MONamed in 9/30/10 suit. Accused of fondling 13 yr old boy in 1971. Boy was helping him move items at priest’s mother’s house. Diocese learned of allegations in 2008. Named in 2 other suits but not as defendant. Retired with privileges. Diocese removed him 6/11 for credible reports alleging sexual misconduct with minors in 1970s-1980s. He denied. Named in 2nd suit 6/30/11 re 1970s abuse. More suits 7/11 & 10/11. Parts of original suit dismissed 7/11 & 5/12. Dismissal upheld by Appeals Court 11/13.
TrueIsaacKansas City-St. Joseph, MOOne man filed suit 9/11 alleging abuse by True (a relative) and by Msgr. Thomas O’Brien during the time the accuser was an altar boy at Nativity Church in Independence in late 1970s. True would also abuse him during trips to his home, and on trips. True was President-Rector of Conception Seminary from 1973 to 1988. Also served at Blessed Sacrament Parish, in Bethany, Mo. Lawsuit re Order settled 11/13 for $125K. He is without assignment.
TulipanaJohnKansas City-St. Joseph, MOResigned 1/94 after reports that Diocese paid $150K to youth in 1989 after he accused Tulipana of sexually abusing him. 2nd allegation also was settled with a payment. Tulipana was counseling a victim of earlier abuse by (future) Bp A. O’Connell when knowledge became public.This victim immediately went to the Diocese & disclosed abuse by O’Connell. Named in 12/06 civil suit re 1978 abuse in TX. Claims settled 8/08 New suit by woman filed10/10 & 4 brothers filed another suit 2/12. Died 11/5/12.
UrbanicJamesKansas City-St. Joseph, MORemoved 7/11 after recent allegations of sexual improprieties with two minors in the 1970s. He was assigned as associate pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in St. Joseph. Review board found allegations credible. He admitted to Order that early in his priesthood he acted inappropriately. Previously served as provincial for the Society. Named by 1 plaintiff in civil suit filed 2/8/12. Plaintiff said abuse occurred in mid-1970s at Bishop LeBlond High School. Suit settled 12/13 for $130K.
WardThomas J.Kansas City-St. Joseph, MOWard was suspended in 1993 or early 1994 and then reinstated 9 mo. later. When he was reassigned in 1994, the Bishop wrote to parishioners that Ward’s evaluation “gave no reason to believe that the allegations might be true.” 1994 civil suit alleged Ward abused one youth for 10 yrs beginning when the boy was 14. Suit settled 1999 for $20K. He “retired” in 1996 but continued to be active on part-time basis. Claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement re 12 priests.
WegenekJerry JosephKansas City-St. Joseph, MOOne man told Diocese in 2001 that he had been abused by Wegenek. On 9/13/12 a man filed civil suit alleging Wegenek gave him alcohol and repeatedly raped him beginning at age 10 and lasting several years. Wegenek was assigned to St. Gabriel and St. Patrick parishs in KC MO at the time. Wegenek died in 2011. His obit notes that he was a priest for 30 yrs. Removed from ministry 6/94 after an allegation that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with a teenage boy in the 1970s
WiseStephenKansas City-St. Joseph, MONamed in 1 lawsuit filed 6/08 which alleged he molested one boy at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception over a 4 yr period in the late 1970s. Wise left priesthood in 1986 and later married. At least one claim included in 8/08 $10M settlement re 12 priests. New civil suit filed 10/11 by one man who alleged Wise abused him for 2 years between the ages of 10 and 12 and that a Bishop knew of allegations against Wise before he was abused. Laicization is pending.
BrathJohn A.Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MOFirst named publcly as accused by diocese in 10/18. Parish priest. In Air Force 1971-74. Retired 2007. Died 6/25/14. Allegedly sexually abused a minor in the 1970s.
ChambersLeonard R.Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MOBernard Law, then Bishop of the Springfield Diocese, responded to a 1981 allegation against Chambers by sending him for extended treatment and then reassigning him to two other parishes. Chambers was placed on restriction re minors in the mid-1990s by Bishop Leibrecht. Chambers was permanently removed from duty in 1998 after violating the order forbidding him to be alone with any child. He served in total of 22 parishes in the Diocese. He is not indexed in Official Catholic Directory after 2002, and is last known to have been living in Joplin.
CraigWalter G JSpringfield-Cape Girardeau, MOOrdained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis; became priest of Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese when it was established in 1956. In late 2012, the diocese announced it had received a credible complaint that Craig sexually abused a boy in the mid-1960s. Craig was assigned to Immaculate Conception in New Madrid at that time. He died 12/16/71. On the St. Louis archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
DeragowskiEugeneSpringfield-Cape Girardeau, MODiocese announced 12/06 that it had received one complaint of sexual abuse of a minor by Deragowski in 10/06. Abuse alleged to have occurred in 1960s. Deragowski died in 1981 and diocese says there were no additional accusations against him. A second allegation involving abuse in 1960s was made 1/07.
GregovichLawrence E.Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MOGregovich forced to retire in 1992 over allegations that he abused at least three male victims 1982-1985, while he was pastor of Immaculate Conception in New Madrid. Parents of one youth came forward in 1992. Died 2/2/17. New complaint of abuse late 1970s-early 1980s announced by diocese 5/17.
LutzFrederick J.Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MOFirst named publicly by diocese as accused in 10/18. On leave 1981-87 and 2009. Retired 2011. Allegedly sexually abused a minor in the early 1970s.
McHughPaulSpringfield-Cape Girardeau, MOIn 10/02, man came forward to allege abuse by McHugh in 1982. Bernard Law was bishop of the diocese at the time. The boy says he told Bishop Law on two occasions (once was before McHugh’s death) but Law did not want to hear the details and told him not to tell anyone. McHugh died in 1983 and Bishop Law presided at weekend Masses in the parish for 2 months. Man said that he approached the Bishop for the second time then.
RynishJohn J.Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MOMonsignor. Retired 1993. Died 9/23/01. First named publicly as accused by diocese in 10/18. Allegedly sexually abused a minor in the early 1970s.
SchneiderStephen A.Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MORemoved 2/06 from position at St. Peter the Apostle parish in Joplin after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor, which were made 12/05. No info as to when alleged abuse occurred. No criminal charges filed. His actions violated church policy but did not break the law. Died 2016.
ShibleyAmel A.Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MOAllegations were made against Shibley in 1993 and 1995 re abuse of 2 boys dating from 1980s. One article says that there was a 1980s investigation. Shibley was ordered to retire in 1995 but was allowed to return to part-time duties as administrator at another parish in 1997 (under restrictions). He was placed on leave again 3/02 and his faculties were permanently removed. He died 9/17/02.
WellsJohnSpringfield-Cape Girardeau, MOOrdained for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Incardinated 1964 into the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Died 12/28/72. Diocese announced in 2/19/18 that it had received an allegation that Wells sexually abused a minor in the late 1960s. He was assigned during that as pastor of St. Joseph’s in Advance and St. Anthony Mission in Glennon.
WyrschLouisSpringfield-Cape Girardeau, MODiocese announced 12/07 that it had recently received a credible allegation against Wyrsch involving abuse of a minor approximately 40 yrs before. He worked in Poplar Bluff and Joplin before taking leaving in 1969. He returned as a chaplain at SW Missouri State College in 1970. Wyrsch left active ministry again in 1973, was laicized in 1989, and died in 1997.
AndersonAlexander R.St. Louis, MOAccused in 2002 of abusing a boy in 1987. Denied and filed slander suit against man making claim. Man then sued him. Matter settled in 2004 but another plaintiff came forward in 2004 to allege abuse in 1988. Archdiocese never believed either allegation was true. Anderson still active priest as of 3/14.
BabkaRobert H.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Died in 2013.
BarryMichael O.St. Louis, MOOne of four priests included in settlement of lawsuit in 4/07. Teacher and, at some point, a hospital chaplain in St. Louis. Accused of having sexually abused a student at a St. Louis Jesuit high school 1982-85. Barry’s accuser said the priests plied him with alcohol and “played mind games” to silence him. Barry died 2/19/87. On the Province’s list 12/7/18.
BeckmanCarlSt. Louis, MODeacon. Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry.
Beine (James)James A. (Mar)St. Louis, MOCivil suit filed 1994 alleged abuse of two boys beginning in 1967. Seven other suits filed. Left priesthood in 1977. Two claims settled for $110K. Beine was working as school counselor as of 2002. Convicted 2003 on federal charge of possession of child porn (later overturned). Also convicted 2003 of exposing himself to three students. Sentenced to twelve years but overturned by Court. At least 36 claims of abuse in MO. Laicized 2005. MO permanently revoked teaching license as of 10/07. Reportedly living in Las Vegas 8/07. On Wheeling-Charleston list (misspelled “Biene”) in late 2018, where he taught high school 1979-81. On St. Louis archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
BlandFelixSt. Louis, MOPleaded guilty in 1995 to sodomizing an 11 yr old boy in 1988. Assault occurred at LaSalle Institute in Wildwood. Police knew of assault prior to 1995 but Bland was serving as missionary in Africa. Upon his return, his victim wore a wire and he was arrested. Sentenced to 15 yrs prison with all but 1 yr suspended. The year was spent in work release program so he only spent nights in jail. One man filed suit alleging abuse of 5 of his sons; suit settled on eve of trial in 1997.
BlaseFrancisSt. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Died 1977. Substantiated allegations, received after his death.
BockelmannAlbertSt. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Died in 1975. Allegations received after his death, substantiated.
BrinkmanDon G.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry.
ByrneMauriceSt. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Died in 1993. Substantiated allegations, received after his death.
CampbellJohn J. (Jack)St. Louis, MOOrder paid $185K in 2003 to former student who alleged abuse by Campbell in early 1970s in “therapy sessions.” Officials said this was the 13th man to bring credible allegations but 1st to make allegations public. Not all were minors. Over $575K in settlements and medicals paid in 14-year period. Removed from contact with children in 1987, from public ministry in 1989, and lost priestly faculties in 1993. Order moved him to Denver in 1991. Died 4/10/09. New suit filed 6/12 against Order and Gonzaga Prep. On Province’s list 12/7/18.
CampbellJohn RobertSt. Louis, MOArchdiocese announced in 8/17 it had recently received an allegation that Campbell sexually abused a minor in the 1960s at St. Louis Prep Seminary, where he was on faculty. Also taught at St. Pius X High in Festus in the 1980s and assigned to parishes in Crestwood, St. Louis, Wellston and Valley Park. Retired in 1989. Living in a private residence. Archdiocese stated it knew reports in the 1990s of abuse by Campbell, and that he has been on permanent administrative leave. On archdiocese’s list 8/5/19.
CampbellMichael A.St. Louis, MORemoved from ministry in 3/02. Admitted having “inappropriately touched” a 17-year-old boy about 13 years previously. At some point, Campbell confessed to the archdiocese. He was sent for treatment and reassigned. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
ChristensenWilliam AnthonySt. Louis, MOSued 2002 by a man alleging sexual abuse by Christensen and Bro. John J. Woulfe at Chaminade Prep in St. Louis, when the boy was ages 15-17 in 1973-75. Abuse allegedly included oral sex, anal sodomy, and viewing porn. Christensen not served with suit until 10/07. Plaintiff died in 2008; his family settled in 2011. Lived & worked in Bangladesh for 20 years, where he allegedly abused 30 Muslim children. Laicized 2010. Reportedly still in Bangladesh in 6!8, running an NGO he founded in 2012. He had filed defamation lawsuits against one of his accusers and against a former nun who had reported him to his provincial.
ChristianNorman H.St. Louis, MOSent to Paraclete Center for treatment in 1986. Arrested in Saint Louis in 2003 on sexual abuse charges. Named in several civil suits filed in 2004 and 2005. Archdiocese admitted that it removed Christian from ministry in 1995 after at least 8 boys had come forward with allegations of abuse. He lived in a “monitored environment” until his death in 2004 but buried as a priest in good standing. One suit settled in Fall, 2004.n Doe KK v St Louis Archdiocese – Plaintiff’s Response to Motion for Summary Judgment 04.07.08. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
ClearyFrancis X.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Ministry restricted in 1988. Removed from ministry in 2002. Single allegation of abuse occurring in the 1970s. Died in 2010.
CondonJames A.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused on the Jesuits Central and Southern Province list 12/7/18. From the Chicago (Midwest) Province. Died 3/28/93. Accused after his death of abuse in the 1960s. On Midwest Province’s list 12/17/19. Allegation of abuse in 1965 in Cincinnati, OH while assigned to St. Xavier High School.
CooperThomas T.St. Louis, MOAccused in a 2005 lawsuit of abusing a boy 1970-71, when the boy was age 12-13. Suit claimed abuse occurred at Cooper’s vacation house while assigned to St. Mary Magdalen parish in south St. Louis. Cooper retired in 1993 and died n 12/03. Judge ruled 3/10 that church was not responsible because contact took place away from church property. MO court of appeals upheld decision 7/11.
CreasonHubert (Hugh) E.St. Louis, MOCreason resigned from St. James Church in Catawissa in 2002 after allegations that he had sexually abused a minor about 25 years previously. Another complaint alleged abuse from about 30 years previously. Church substantiated both allegations and asked for his resignation. He left an earlier assignment at Our Lady Queen of Peace abruptly in late 1989 or early 1990. His next assignment was in 1/91. Died 9/1/06. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
DeGuireCharles M.St. Louis, MOAccused in lawsuit filed 6/21/16 of sexually abusing a St. Aloysius Gonzaga altar boy beginning in 1967, when the boy was a 10-yr-old 5th grader, and continuing until the boy was in 8th grade. Abuse allegedly included DeGuire forcing the boy to perform oral sex on him. Accuser said a visiting priest knew and another priest also abused him. DeGuire died in 1982.
Fisher (Fischer)Judith R.St. Louis, MOName is spelled both Fischer and Fisher. Accused in a 2003 suit of sexually abusing a female student, beginning at age 12 in 1971 and continuing until 1979. Abuse is alleged in the parish school, the convent, the church, the Cenacle Retreat House, other places in St. Louis, and on trips to CO and KS. Fisher left the order in 1977. She died in 2004 prior to her deposition. The case was settled by The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 2004.
FitzgeraldAlfred J.St. Louis, MOKnown to have worked at Bishop DuBourg High School in St. Louis in 1977. In 1996 a woman alleged abuse by Fitzgerald when she was a high school student in the early 1970s and went to him for counseling. Settled for $25K and a written apology from him. He was placed on medical leave. Diocese wanted to return him to ministry in 1999, but the woman protested and they did not. In 2005 he was living at Regina Cleri Retirement Home in Missouri. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
FormanBruceSt. Louis, MO14 yr old youth wrote to Archdiocese in 1983 complaining of assault on several occasions by Forman. Said to have given the youth pornography and beer. Youth said in letter “I know it’s happened before.” No response from Archdiocese. Youth said he gave another priest a list of 10-15 names of boys who said they believed Forman had been inappropriate with them. In 1995 the same person sued archdiocese but suit later dismissed on statute problems. Forman still active priest in January 2016.
FreymuthMichael A.St. Louis, MOPlaced on leave 12/04 from duties as chaplain at Cardinal Ritter High School and as part-time associate pastor at a church after allegations against him raised in lawsuit against another priest. Another man also made allegations to Archdiocese in 2002 but nothing done then. He was quietly allowed to return to parish work (in 2006?) until 1/09 when he was again removed after 3rd man notified diocese he planned to sue. This man originally complained in 2005. This suit filed 7/09.
FunkeJames A.St. Louis, MOAssigned to Bishop DuBourg High 1979-86. Funke and a lay teacher at the school were arrested 10/86 and charged with sexual assault of a youth. Funke pled guilty in 1987 to ten counts of second-degree deviate sexual assault of two boys. Police found child porn in his possession. Received ten years prison; released in 1992. First victim to report Funke died by suicide at age 21. Laicization announced 11/03/06. One of six priests included in 7/08 settlement. On MO sex offender registry as of 5/15/11. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
GaiterChester E.St. Louis, MOOne of four priests included in $140K settlement of a lawsuit in 4/07. Abuse is alleged to have occurred in 1985-1987 at Cardinal Ritter High School. Gaiter “retired from the priesthood” in 1993 or 1994 after exhibiting signs of alzheimer’s disease. Another suit filed 11/07, settled early 2009. Last known to be living at St. Louis University’s Jesuit Hall. Died 8/14/10 at age 70. On Jesuits’ Central and Southern Province’s list 12/7/18.
GalovichGeorge W.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Died in 2012. Substantiated allegations, received after his death.
GavinJohn L.St. Louis, MOIn 9/1994 suit, man accused Gavin of abusing him in 1963-1964 when he was 13. Diocese moved to have suit dismissed in 1995 and court agreed. Case appealed and in 12/1995 higher court sent certain issues back to lower court to be retried.
GhioJohn J.St. Louis, MOSuspended 10/21/14 due to a recent allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the early 1980s. Retired 2011, in residence at Annunciation Parish, Webster Groves. Moved to Regina Cleri residence 6/13. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
GoellnerGlennon J.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Deceased.
GradyJames PatrickSt. Louis, MOArrested 7/09 after arranging via the internet to have sex with a 16-year old girl at a secret location. Contact was actually an an undercover FBI agent in a sting. Immediately placed on leave from assignment at St. Raphael The Archangel. Later indictment said child pornography was found on his computer. Pled guilty 3/10 to child porn and agreeing to pay for sex with a 16-year-old. Sentenced in 6/10 to 6 years, 8 months in prison and to register as sex offender. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Laicized.
GrahamThomas J.St. Louis, MOConvicted in 2005 of orally sodomizing a boy in the late 1970s. Sentenced to 20 years in prison. Archdiocese investigated in 1994 but allegations weren’t substantiated. Archdiocese posted bond while case was being appealed. MO Supreme Court overturned the conviction and prison sentence 11/06, saying sodomy had a 3-year statute of limitation. New suit filed 3/11 by a man who alleged abuse twice in 1966. Another sued 5/12, claiming 1966 abuse. Graham “no longer in public ministry.” Trial in civil suit 3/13. New allegation 4/16 of sex abuse in 1980s at a Wildwood parish. On permanent administrative leave. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19, noting allegations substantiated.
GummersbachJames L.St. Louis, MOAccused of abuse of several boys in 1950s-60s. In 1999, jury awarded a man $1.2M after several other alleged victims testified, but verdict later reversed by Appeals Court, which ruled statute of limitations had expired. Laicization announced 11/03/06. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Died in 2014.
HeckDonald HenrySt. Louis, MOHeck abused boy in 1990 and was sent to treatment “for stress” for one year. Already working in another parish when he was indicted in 1991. In 1992 he entered Alford Plea (defendant does not admit guilt but concedes that the state has enough evidence to win a conviction) and was sentenced to four years in jail. He also abused at least one other boy in 1990. On sex offender registry in MO as of 5/11. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Died in 2015.
HedermanKevin F.St. Louis, MOJoined the Latin America Apostolate in 1998 and began working in Belize, Central America. Removed from position in Belize after he was accused in a 5/09 civil suit of abusing a 17-year-old boy in the early 1990s. The boy was a Christian Brothers College high school student and Hederman was assigned to North American Martyrs Church in Florissant. A similar suit was filed in the 1990s. Both settled. Hederman denied the allegation. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19, noting allegations were substantiated and that he was removed from ministry.
HeierVincent A.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry, retired.
HessJohn P.St. Louis, MOHess pled guilty in 5/02 to one felony count of possessing child pornography received over the Internet. Federal agents seized Hess’ computer from rectory in 3/02 as part of Operation Candyman sting. Allowed to change guilty plea from possession of child pornography to lesser charge of possession of obscene materials because of problems with warrants. Sentenced in 2003 to 3 months in a halfway house, 5 years probation, and a fine of $5,000. Removed from ministry. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
HoughJohn W.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/19. Accused of abuse in the 1970s. Unclear where the abuse allegedly accused. Wokred at Jesuit high schools in Wichita, KS and St. Louis, MO. Left the Jesuits and priesthood in 1977. Allegation received after 1977.
HuhnBernardSt. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Ministry restricted. Died in 2000.
HummelFredSt. Louis, MODeacon. Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Laicized.
JiangXiu Hui (Joseph)St. Louis, MOFrom China. Charged 6/12 with fondling teen girl & victim tampering. Removed. Girl’s family filed suit 7/13 v archd & archbp. Per suit, Jiang left family $20K check after admitting abuse & Archbp Carlson attempted evidence tampering. Charges dropped 11/21/13. Jiang arrested 4/17/14, charged with sodomy of boy at Cathedral school in 2011 & 2012. Pled not guilty 6/2/14. Charges dropped 6/15. Jiang sued police, city, boy’s parents & SNAP for defamation and conspiracy to deprive him of civil rights due to race & religion. Judge sanctioned SNAP 8/16 for resisting discovery order, ordered them to pay priest’s legal fees. Re 7/13 suit, jury ruled in favor of archd and Jiang 4/17. Jiang was to undergo “process for return to active ministry.” Alleged victim requested new trial 5/17; denied. Judge ordered her to pay archd and Jiang’s legal expenses. Lawsuit v SNAP settled 11/17. Assigned 5/18 to St. Gabriel’s. Rescinded after parents of parish school objected. Was to remain at Cathedral.
JohnstonRobert F.St. Louis, MOIn 2002 a man said Johnston abused him as a teenager in about 1978, at Sacred Heart parish in Valley Park. Johnston admitted the abuse and resigned from current parish. Two men filed suit 12/04 alleging abuse 1977-80. Arrested 1/05; criminal charges filed 6/06 related to alleged abuse of a youth in 1978. Four suits moved to federal court. One of six priests named in settlement announced 7/08. Laicized in 2002. In 6/11 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled Diocese not responsible for his behavior. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry.
KaskeJohn J.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Laicized.
KegelFrancis J.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Left the Jesuits in 1953. Allegation of abuse in the 1940s received after 1953. Unclear as to where alleged abuse occurred. Worked at Jesuit high schools in St. Louis and Kansas City, MO. Died 2009.
KelleyWilliam A.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Died in 2013.
KertzLouisSt. Louis, MOSuit filed in 8/05 alleged abuse of a 13-year-old boy in 1981 at All Saints in St. Peters. Kertz was transferred to another diocese after the 1981 accusation. Another suit filed in 5/06 claimed abuse 1976-79 at the same parish. Kertz died in 1985. In 11/08 the MO Appeals Court dismissed the 2005 suit due to the Statute of Limitations. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated.
KirchoffDennis P.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Removed from ministry in 1991. Left the Jesuits in 1995. Alleged abuse in the 1990s, unclear as to where.
KohnenHenry J.St. Louis, MOWoman filed suit 6/05 claiming that she had been abused by Kohnen at her parish in St. Paul between 1960 and 1968. Kohnen died in 1983 at age 73.
KopffMarvin C.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Died in 2006.
KrausPhilip D.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/19. Restricted from ministry with minors in 1996. Removed from ministry in 2003. Allegation of abuse in the 1970s, unclear as to where. Noted to be living under supervision.
KucharBryan M.St. Louis, MOConfessed on tape in 2002 to sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1995; later complained that he had been coerced by police. First trial ended in hung jury in 5/2003. Convicted 8/03 of abuse. Received three consecutive one-year sentences. Civil suit also filed. Released in 8/06; bishop was to assign him to “secure and monitored residence” within the archdiocese. Laicization announced 11/03/06. Registered sex offender. Wrongful death suit filed 5/13 by parents of another victim who was abused 1999-2002 at age 12-14 and died by suicide in 2009. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
LauseRichard L.St. Louis, MOMan filed suit 8/04 against Lause, the order, Archdiocese and others alleging that he was molested by Lause in 1980s at St. Vincent de Paul High school. Man’s mother took him to seminary in Illinois in 1985 and the priests agreed to raise him. The youthtransferred to the school in St. Louis and Lause began “grooming” him and then molested him. Order informed in 1988 and Lause sent for counseling but reassigned 1989. Placed on leave 2003 after victim again complained. Claim settled by Order 01/2005.
LehmkuhlGerhardt B.St. Louis, MOArrested in 1995 or receiving child pornography through the mail. Checked himself into St. Luke’s for treatment after he pled guilty, before sentencing. Sentenced in 1996 to one year in prison. Also ordered to get mental-health treatment after release from prison. Per 2009 article, he worked at Jesuit Community Corporation at St. Louis University–Jesuit Hall. Died March 9, 2012. On the Province’s list 12/7/18. It notes that he was removed from ministry in 2002.
LessardJoseph P.St. Louis, MOAdmitted in 2002 to sexually abusing 12 boys in three parishes in the 1970s. Allegedly threatened victims with a gun; older victims coerced younger ones. Used camper in abuse. After a 1976 complaint Lessard was transferred to a new parish, then treated in MN. Went to NM Paraclete halfway house in 1979 and was a hospital chaplain afterward. Was parish priest again before retiring in 1993. Archdiocesan lawyers settled two complaints 1996-97. New suit filed 6/05 alleged abuse from 1985-92. May have settled 7/08. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Died in 2014.
LippertAlexanderSt. Louis, MOIn 8/14 the archdiocese deemed credible accusations that Lippert had sexually abused a minor in the early 1970s. No details were released by the Review Board except that Lippert had died in 4/2000 prior to the allegations, and that officially the allegations were deemed “credible though unsubstantiated” because he could not defend himself. Notes on his assignments indicated he was on leave of absence in 1970 but resided at St. Paul the Apostle in Pine Lawn. In 7/88, Lippert took sick leave. He was then relieved of priestly duties and granted retirement in 1/91.Per the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19, allegations were substantiated.
MaloEugene A.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Left the Jesuits in 1970, left the priesthood in 1971. Allegation received after 1970 of abuse in the 1960s. Unclear as to where. Assignments were in Aurora, CO, Los Angeles, CA and St. Louis, MO.
MarschnerAloysius J.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Ministry restricted. Died in 2004.
McClintockDennis J.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Laicized.
McDonoughJohn RogerSt. Louis, MOAccused in a 2006 civil suit of abuse of a boy somewhere between ages of 11-13 in 1982. McDonough died in 1985. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. It notes substantiated allegations, received after his death.
McGrathMichael S.St. Louis, MOAssigned to many parishes, led one for a brief time. Taught at parish schools and at DuBourg High. Suspended in 1997 after allegation he fondled a boy in the 1970s while a seminarian. Sent to treatment, reinstated after a year. A 6/03 civil suit alleged a man had recently killed himself after lifetime of turmoil due to abuse by McGrath as a child in the 1980s. Suicide was just after man learned McGrath could not be prosecuted due to SOL. At least 20 more suits followed of men and women alleging abuse as children by McGrath. He would take children on outings in his van, some overnight trips. Most allegations are of fondling, at least one of forced oral copulation. In 8/04 17 people settled claims against McGrath in archdiocesan settlement. In 12/07, MO Court of Appeals upheld dismissal of 1 suit by the lower court. One of 6 priests in 7/08 settlement. Laicized in 2005. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
McLainJamesSt. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Died in 1998. Substantiated allegations, received after his death.
McShaneJames L.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Died in 1993. Allegation received after his death of abuse in the 1950s. Unclear as to where. Worked in Denver, CO; St. Louis, MO; Yoro, Honduras; Pueblo, CO.
MeinhardtLouisSt. Louis, MOFormer student at Chaminade College Prep School came forward 9/11 to Order to allege sexual abuse by Br. Meinhardt and Br. John Woulfe in 1970s. Letters were sent to 1600 school alumni from between 1958 and 1982. At least15 -16 responded with credible allegations of verbal and sexual abuse by the two men. Meinhardt worked at the school from 1958 to 1982 and died in 1990. Original accuser against him had come forward in 2003 & 2009 and others had also come forward before 2011. Civil suit filed 2/23/12. Another suit filed in 12/15.
MillerCharles H.St. Louis, MOAccused of grooming and fondling a girl at age 14 in St. Louis in 1976, and molesting her at age 17 in 1980 in the San Antonio, TX archdiocese, where Miller taught at St. Mary’s University. She reported the abuse to the Marianists in 2005. In 2007 the Order admitted privately that the allegations were “credible.” Order found that Miller had been involved with two other women. In 2007, the Order restricted Miller’s ministry and moved him from St. Mary’s in TX to their headquarters in Rome. Still there 2/19. On San Antonio archdiocese’s list 1/31/19.
O’BrienJoseph M.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Died in 2012.
O’FlynnBernardSt. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Died in 1981. Substantiated allegations, received after his death.
ObmannRussellSt. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Died in 2000.
OsborneRobert R.St. Louis, MOAccused of abuse and sued 2006 by 1 man. 2nd complainant also came forward. President of St. John Vianney high school when suit filed. School asked him to leave 8/06 because the lawsuit would distract from his job. In 10/06 Prosecutor found no evidence to support criminal charges. Civil suit settled with Order 6/07 but he did not admit guilt. As of 2/08, he claimed to be chaplain for Kirkwood Police Dept. Still saying Mass 11.08. Faculties removed 5/09 by St. Louis after news of previous investigation. Died 04/27/14 in California care facility.
PavlikJames J.St. Louis, MOPlaced on leave in 2000 without privileges after archdiocese substantiated claims that he engaged in sexual misconduct. The archdiocese had also investigated in 1994 but could not substantiate an allegation of sexual abuse in the 1970s. In 2002 a man said he met Pavlik in Japan in 1970 when he was 17. When he returned to the states at age 18 and visited Pavlik in St. Louis, Pavlik tried to molest him at a rectory until he threatened to get a knife and use it on the priest. Pavlik was named in an 8/05 civil suit. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Died in 2015.
PilgramPaul C.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Restricted from ministry with minors in 1991. Multiple allegations of abuse occurring 1970s-1990s. Unclear as to where. Removed from ministry in 2003. Noted to be living under supervision.
PinkstonNickolas EugeneSt. Louis, MOAlso known as R.A. Manfir. Removed from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary 1/10 after officials learned he was having affair with adult woman. Arrested 7/11 for attempting to receive child porn through the mail in 2010. Started seminary in 2007 and served at Ascension, Our Lady of the Presentation and St. Ambrose parishes. Taught childrens’ confirmation class. Pled guilty 5/31/12 to federal child porn charges. Will be sentenced to 5 yrs.
PoepperlingWilliam C.St. Louis, MOOne woman filed suit 4/05 alleging abuse by Poepperling between 1956-1959. A second woman filed suit in 8/05 alleging abuse for 4 years, beginning when she was 4 in the 1950s. Poepperling died in 1983 at age 78. Most counts in each case were dismissed by the trial court in 2008 or 2009 and dismissals were upheld by Court of Appeals 2/10. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. It notes substantiated allegations, received after his death.
PoseyThaddeusSt. Louis, MOPosey was one of four priests named in a 2004 lawsuit. Settlement reached in 4/07, but claims against Posey were not settled. Suit alleged abuse in 1970s-80s. Posey is shown in a Spring 2013 Capuchin Midwest newsletter as a member of a Prayer Ministry for retired Capuchins. Died 8/7/13. On Capuchin Province of Mid-America’s list 3/1/19. Per the Salina diocese, Posey had more than one credible allegation against him.
RehmeAlbert A.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Died in 2012.
RossJoseph D.St. Louis, MOPled guilty 1988 to sex assault of 11-year -old boy in 12/86. Sentenced to 2 years probation and treatment. Admitted then he had been accused of molesting a youth in the 1970s, and had been arrested for propositioning a police officer and public indecency. Allowed to return to work. Removed 3/02. Civil suit filed 11/02 alleged abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1977. Laicization announced 8/02. Arrested 9/08 on new charges from 2000. Charges dropped 8/10. Living in AR. Suit filed 10/11 claiming abuse of girl. Case settled 07/06/14 under confidential terms. Possibly living in St. Charles, MO as of 7/15/14. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
SchierhoffLawrence C.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry, laicized. Died in 2008.
SeidelMichael L.St. Louis, MOSuspended by the Archdiocese in 1998 after an allegation of abuse of a minor was determined to be credible. Laicization announced 11/03/06. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
ShortAnthony J.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Removed from ministry in 2008. Allegation of abuse alleged to have occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. Unclear as to where. Worked or resided in St. Louis, MO; St. Stephen’s, WY; Centennial, CO; Sedalia, CO; Denver, CO. Noted to be living in a skilled nursing facility under supervision.
StauberJames FrederickSt. Louis, MOLacrosse diocese priest, transferred to San Bernardino in the early 1980s. Resigned in 1993 without admitting wrongdoing after he was accused of having had sex with a minor in St. Louis MO 22 years prior. Bishop Straling placed him on leave. Stauber admitted to being a recovering alcoholic. Died 8/14/10 in CA. Buried as priest in WI. On San Bernardino diocese’s list 10/9/18. On St. Louis archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
StraubDonald J.St. Louis, MOComplaints of abuse received in 1978; sent to treatment and reassigned in 1979. In 1986 new allegations were received involving current parish; placed on leave and sent to treatment for three years. Spent several months in Dodge City KS diocese.Two men filed suits in MO in 2004 alleging abuse in the 1970s and early 1980s. At least six others came forward with allegations. Some settled in 2005. Laicization announced 1/05. A 2006 suit settled 5/07. Another suit filed 5/29/07. One of six named in 7/08 settlement. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
SuttonGregory J.St. Louis, MOSutton, principal of Catholic school in Missouri, was arrested 8/95 on charges he molested students in Australia in 1980s. No accusations in Missouri. He was extradited at request of Australian officials 5/96 after several court battles. US officials knew he was wanted in Australia for almost year but didn’t know he was a school principal. In Australia in 5/96 he pleaded guilty to numerous charges of abuse between 1976-1987. Sentenced to 18 yrs jail on total of 67 charges against 15 children. As of 5/14, he had been ranked as one of Australia’s most-publicized child sex offenders.
ThielJamesSt. Louis, MOSued 2004. Accused of abuse from 1978-1981 at St. Paul the Apostle parish in Pine Lawn in St. Louis, MO, then moved to Grand Rapids, MI. Possible confidential settlements in 1970s and 1990s. The Order says that Redemptorists asked Thiel to leave the order in 1997. Another man sued in 2005. 2004 suit settled in 3/07 for total of $140,000. 3 other priests named in settlement.
ToczylowskiMaximilianSt. Louis, MODirector of the junior school of Saint Louis Priory School when removed in 5/18 after ‘inappropriate images’ were found on his computer. The school contacted Creve Coeur police 5/30. Faculties removed by Bishop Carlson. Toczylowski was involved in the school’s athletics and had worked at a summer program for urban students. He graduated from St. Louis Priory school in 2000.
TooheyMicheal W.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 8/5/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Laicized.
TriulziDaniel A.St. Louis, MOOrder placed him on leave from parish in Ft. Worth TX Diocese in Aug. 2005 after recent claim of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1996 at Chaminade College Prep School in St. Louis Diocese. Individual had just filed suit in Circuit Court in St. Louis. When transferred to the Ft. Worth diocese, he taught at Nolan High school from 1983-1987 before going to parish. Suit settled fall, 2007 but not announced until 2/08.
ValentineLeroy A.St. Louis, MOA woman reported in 1982 that Valentine abused her three sons, ages 10,11 and 12. Police sent her to archdiocese. Lawsuit filed 1995; each boy received $20K settlement in 1998. Valentine sent for treatment and transferred. Name became public 3/02; archdiocese refused to remove him saying allegations unsubstantiated. Retired 3/02 after another person alleged abuse in 1978. Review Board found allegations substantiated 5/1/13. Privileges removed. Lawsuit filed 10/15 accusing Valentine of repeated sex abuse, including rape, of boy attending Immaculata school 1977-81, beginning when boy age 11. Plaintiff said priest told him the abuse was “special training” to become altar boy. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
VatterottWilliam F.St. Louis, MOFirst assignment was at Holy Infant Church in Ballwin. Removed from assignment at St. Cecilia Parish 6/11 after allegations that he engaged in “inappropriate electronic exchanges” with two teenagers (at least one was a female.) Also accused of being involved with underage drinking and other inappropriate behavior. Indicted 4/13 on federal charges of possession of child porn 2010-11. Pled guilty 8/30/13 to possession of porn and ‘sexting’ with minor boy. Sentenced to 3 years in prison. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Noted to have been laicized.
WestrichKeith M.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry.
WiebergJohn R.St. Louis, MOWorked in parishes in St. Charles County, and in several rural parishes in Advance, Charleston (later part of Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese) and Arcadia. Archbishop Carlson announced 3/16/11 that several individuals (at least 5) had come forward in recent years to accuse Wieberg of abuse almost 50 years prior. Wieberg died in 1963. One man, now 80, said he was abused in 1940 at age 9. Reports were found credible by archdiocesan review board. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
WitzofskyRichard H.St. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Removed from ministry 2002. Multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in the 1970s. Died in 2003.
WolkenGary P.St. Louis, MOConvicted in 2002 of abuse of a boy over a three-year period beginning when the boy was age five in about 1997. Sentenced to 15 years in prison. Trying for early release in 2006. Had abused another boy 25 years prior, but not prosecuted. Sent for therapy. Civil suit filed 4/04 and settled for $1.675M. Diocese asked Vatican to laicize him; pending 8/06. Laicized while in prison. Released after 12 years, in 2/15. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
WoulfeJohn J.St. Louis, MOSued 2002 by a man alleging sexual abuse by Woulfe and Rev. William A. Christensen at Chaminade Prep in St. Louis, when the boy was age 15-17. On appeal, the MO Supreme Court ruled that repressed memories were admissible and the suit was not time-barred. New accusations received 9/11 and confirmed by letters to school alumni in 2012. Woulfe was at school for 9 years before leaving the Order in 1977. He died in 2005. New suit filed by one man 4/9/14 alleges abuse at Chaminade Prep in approximately 1970. Another suit filed 11/15 accused Woulfe of repeated sex abuse of Chaminade student 1968-71, including masturbation and oral sex during “college counseling” meetings.
YimRobert J.St. Louis, MOSued by three people in 2003 who claimed he sexually assaulted them as boys. Removed from active ministry in 1990, then assigned as hospital chaplain. Yim “chose to resign from active ministry in 1995” but continued w hospital chaplaincy as a United Church of Christ minister. He was suspended from the UCC, per 8/04 article. Three men filed two civil suits in 2003; another man filed similar suit in 4/04. Claims settled 8/04. Laicization announced 1/05. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.
ZacheisDennis B.St. Louis, MOWorked in South St. Louis, Manchester, Lemay, Krakow, Wildwood and Sullivan parishes. Retired without faculties 2010 due to allegations of financial irregularities at parish he pastored. Accused 11/17 of sexual abuse of a boy 1975-78, while assigned to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Mehlville. Zacheis denied the allegation. Accuser, age 55, filed suit 11/15/17. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry.
ZimmerRalphSt. Louis, MONamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 7/26/19. Died in 1981. Substantiated allegations, received after his death.

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