New Hampshire Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

New Hampshire Priest Sex Abuse List: A list of Roman Catholic Priests & Clergy members of the New Hampshire Diocese accused of sex abuse and/or sexual assault of minors.

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New Hampshire Priest Sex Abuse List

Merson Law’s New Hampshire Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the New Hampshire 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 Name First Name Diocese Notes
Allyson Leo Manchester, NH One person alleged in 12/03 report to Diocese that he had been fondled by Allyson in Lebanon NH and Bradford VT on several occasions between 1946 and 1949. Complainant was between 6 and 9 at the time. Alleged events occurred in a car and at Camp Pius in Enfield NH. Died in 1989.
Argencourt Roger Manchester, NH Also known as Br. Odillon. Placed on leave 1/02 and sued 4/02 re abuse in 1973-1974 at Bishop Guertin H.S. He admitted abuse in court records. Also admitted abuse of another student. Second suit filed at a later date. One case settled 11/03. Authoritiesin RI were preparing to file charges re abuse at Mount Saint Charles Academy when Argencourt died in 9/02. Several other abusers at Bishop Guerin.
Aube Paul L. Manchester, NH Police found Aube and a boy having sex in a car in 1975. Accused in a suit filed in 4/02 of abusing a youth 1979-86 in Rochester, NH. A 5/02 suit alleged he abused a 13-year-old boy 1970-72. Placed on leave in 1994. One claim settled for $25K. At least one claim included in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 plaintiffs and 28 priests. Laicized by Pope Benedict XVI 5/20/05.
Authier Charles Manchester, NH Named as abuser of a 12- to 13 year-old youth at Saint Charles Church and School in Dover, in a civil suit involving accusations by 16 people against 7 priests. Entire case settled in 10/02. Died in 1980. Included on the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Beaudet Gerard Manchester, NH A man reported that Beaudet gave him alcohol in the early 1970s when he was 12 and then raped him. In 9/04 a woman alleged Beaudet gave her alcohol and made her perform oral sex in 1972 at age 14 at St. Albert Parish. In 4/05 the diocese said it settled claims by a man and woman who said they were abused by Beaudet as children in the 1970s. Settlement amount not disclosed. Another woman made accusations in 7/05. Beaudet died in 1982. Included on the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Beaudet Sylvio Manchester, NH Accused of fondling and masturbating a 12-year-old boy at St. Marie’s in Manchester 1960-61. Died in 1/76. Included on the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Beaulieu Guy Manchester, NH Alleged in multiple 2002-2004 suits to have abused at least 20 students over 20 year period at Bishop Guertin High School in New Hampshire and at Camp Fatima. He admitted abuse during depositions. Transferred to retirement home in RI in 1990. Complaints made to school officials in 1970s and 1990s. Claims included in 11/02 & 8/03 & 5/04 settlements. Multiple known abusers at Bishop Guertin.
Boisselle/Boiselle Aime Manchester, NH Three men came forward 5/02 to allege that Boisselle had sexually abused them at Ste. Marie Church in Manchester in the early 1960s. Per documents released by the Attorney General 3/03, a college student had complained that Boisselle seduced him in 1983; there were complaints in 1995 or 1996 of youths at the rectory; the diocese knew about Boisselle having encounters with adults at gay bars and parks. At least some claims in 11/02 settlement with the diocese. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, Boisselle (spelled Boiselle) was assigned to a life of prayer and penance. Deceased.
Bombardier Wilfred (Wilfrid) F. Manchester, NH Ordained for the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers in Cleveland. Did much missionary work. Joined the Manchester diocese in 1970. Was working in Albuquerque NM when accused in 1993 of abuse of two boys at St. Charles parish 1966-70. Also accused of abuse in Manchester in 1975. Admitted to short-term relationship with a male in the Philippines. First listed as retired in the 1986 Directory. Died 9/16/00. On Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. Lawsuits in Albuquerque by two men in 1/18 claiming abuse as boys by Bombardier. Accused in 11/18 suit of sex abuse beginning in 1967 of a boy, age 13, while teaching him to swim and on overnight in a cabin in the Sandia Mountains. On Manchester diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Boulanger Albert L. Manchester, NH Multiple allegations early 1960s-2003. Repeated admissions by Boulanger; sent to therapy and returned to active ministry multiple times. Also received treatment for alcohol abuse. Retired 2000. Placed on leave 2/02 when three additional accusations surfaced. Died 6/02. At least one claim included in an 11/02 settlement involving 28 priests.
Boulanger Maurice R. Manchester, NH Accused of sodomy (once) and mutual oral sex (6-7 times) with one boy aged 14-15 in 1978-1979. Died 4/03.
Boyd John Manchester, NH Diocese settled one case in 4/05 for an undisclosed amount after a woman alleged that Boyd molested her over 25 times when she was ages 7-8 in 1957 at St. Joseph’s School in Laconia. She said he would make her perform oral sex on him and would sometimes give her $1.50 after the abuse. Boyd died in 1968. Included on the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Bulger Albion F. Manchester, NH Accused of molesting an altar boy on two occasions in 1974. Retired in 2001 after accusation was made. Lawsuit filed 7/02. Diocese found accusation credible. Personnel file released 3/03 notes that diocese knew in 1974 about two other claims of abuse by Bulger. At least one claim included in 11/02 settlement involving 28 priests. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, Bulger was assigned to a life of prayer and penance. Deceased.
Burke (Burque) Albert Manchester, NH First named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/31/19. Deceased.
Chalifour Gerard (Gerald) F. Manchester, NH Diocese knew of at least one instance of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1969. Police were involved in 1982 investigation after report he attempted to molest a boy in the 1960s. Retired in 1992 (after therapy) but continued to work part-time until 2002. Sued 5/02. Diocese paid three men a total of $85,000 in 2003. At least one claim in 11/05 settlement involving 28 priests. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, Chalifour was assigned to a life of prayer and penance.
Connors Richard Manchester, NH Died in 11/99. Scandal involving circumstances surrounding his death. Was wearing a “leather sexual device on his genitals” when he suffered a heart attack. Other priests sent to his apartment after his death removed pornography and threw it away before authorities could enter. Conflicting reports about whether child porn was found. Diocese denied coverup. At least one claim included in an 11/02 settlement involving multiple priests. Included on the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Constant Alfred Manchester, NH Two lawsuits were filed in 5/02 with accusations that Constant sexually assaulted a girl 1945-48 and a boy 1959-62. Name first appeared with eight others on diocese’s list in 5/02. At least one claim included in an 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 victims and 28 priests. Deceased.
Corriveau Ronald E. Manchester, NH Placed on leave 3/02 when first allegations surfaced. Civil suit filed 5/02. Plaintiff said he was one of several minors drinking at party at rectory 2/82. He passed out and woke to find Corriveau fondling him. Suit settled summer 2002. Police investigated Corriveau in 2003 for possession of Internet porn. At least one claim included in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 claims. Laicization announced 6/05.
Cote Joseph A. Manchester, NH One of 14 active and retired priests named as abusers 2/02 in the Manchester Diocese. Cote lost his right to minister at the time the allegations against him were originally made. Named in the 2003 NH Attorney General Report. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, Cote was assigned to a life of prayer and penance. Deceased.
Cote Roland P. Manchester, NH In 4/02 a man accused Cote of sexually assaulting him as a teenager in the early 1980s. Cote admitted to a “sexual relationship” with the boy and to paying thim for sex, but said the boy was 18 at the time. Bishop reassigned Cote to a new parish in 6/02, but did not tell the new parish of accusations, or that there had been a financial settlement. Cote left the parish in 11/02 after a furor raised. Also admitted that he was sexually active in mid-1980s with a “couple of other people” who were about 18 years old.
Crowe Thomas Manchester, NH In 12/02 the Manchester diocese settled with six people claiming abuse by five priests, including Thomas Crowe. Crowe allegedly abused a 13-year-old boy 1949-50 while assigned to Blessed Sacrament. The abuse was said to have included one incident of oral sex and many of kissing and grooming. Crowe was deceased by the time of the settlement.
Cutanda Fernando Manchester, NH Accused in a lawsuit filed 8/17/17 of sexually abusing a boy repeatedly over a 3-year period, beginning when the boy was a 13-year-old student in 1984 at Immaculate Conception Apostolic School, which was a Legion of Christ boarding school in Center Harbor. The abuse allegedly included rape. The suit claims another boy was also abused. Plaintiff said he told Rev. Patrick O’Carroll at the time, who did nothing but tell him to pray “five rosaries for his sins.” Cutando said to no longer be with Legionaires, and his whereabouts are unknown.
Cyr Leon Manchester, NH Man came forward 4/03 to allege that he was abused by Br. Cyr, a teacher at Bishop Guertin High School, in the early 1980s. Cyr denied the accusation. Atty for 4 plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against the school and the Order alleging abuse. One man (not original complainant) alleged abuse by Cyr multiple times from 1981 to 1983. Suit still pending 2004.
Dennis Brother Manchester, NH Accused on 2/28/02 of groping a 7-year-old boy at the Salesians’ Don Bosco Camp in East Barrington NH in 1970. Allegation became public when NH AG released the demand letter on 3/3/03. The Union Leader’s 3/4/03 article incorrectly identifies Br. Dennis as a priest. Br. Dennis’ last name is not known.
Densmore Robert J. Manchester, NH Three allegations against Densmore received 1985-1993. Two more later. He refused to attend inpatient treatment at St. Luke’s in 1985 but did undergo outpatient counseling. Name appeared on diocese’s 2/02 list of 14 accused priests. Privileges removed. Sued 4/02. Included in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 28 priests and three others. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, assigned to a life of prayer and penance.
Dowd Karl E. Manchester, NH Five allegations of abuse by Dowd were received shortly after his death in 2/02. One man said he and his mother reported the abuse to a pastor in 1971. Nonetheless, Dowd was allowed to serve as director of Camp Fatima, a summer camp for children, from 1968 until he retired in 1990. Many priests have been accused of abuse at the camp. At least one claim included in an 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 victims and 28 priests.
Downey Denis P. Manchester, NH Between 2005 and 2007 three individuals reported to the diocese that they had been molested and fondled by Downey at Our Lady of Mercy in Merrimack in the 1950s and 1960s. Accusers were between the ages of 9 and 16 when allegedly abused. Downey retired 6/68 and died 11/24/92.
Dubreuil Patrick Manchester, NH A woman complained in 1/04 that Dubreuil sexually abused her at St. Anthony’s parish in the mid-1970s when she was ages 13-16. In 5/04 two sisters told the diocese that Dubreuil, then a deacon, had kissed and hugged them at St. Anthony’s and St. Jean’s parishes in mid-1970s. Dubreuil left the priesthood, married, and became a middle school teacher. No criminal charges filed and all investigations closed. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, Dubreuil was laicized prior to the accusations against him.
Dumont Gregoire Manchester, NH In 1/03, a woman’s attorney notified the diocese that Dumont had sexually abused her at St. Anne’s parish in Berlin 1978-83, beginning when she was age 14. There were allegedly 300 instances of abuse, including oral sex. Dumont died in 1983.
Duval Edouard J. Manchester, NH Named in the 3/03 New Hampshire Attorney General’s Report. Per his personnel file, there were complaints by parents of inappropriate behavior with boys at least since 1981 (the year he retired). In 2002 a woman accused him of abusing her son between 1979 and 1980 at St. Peter’s in Farmington. Duval’s first name is spelled Eduard in the report but appears as Edouard in the 1993 Catholic Directory and on his resignation letter..
Fleming Mark Manchester, NH Accused in a 2002 civil suit of abusing three brothers in the early 1980s. Assaults were reported in 1983 and case went to AG’s office; not prosecuted. Admitted to the abuse. Diocese said that Fleming was not defrocked but his right to minister was revoked. Was sent to therapy for two years. Left priesthood in 1986. Diocese did not include him in long list of accused priests released in 2/02 because it was thought he had died in 1997. He was, however, alive. Said to have gone on to become a Unitarian minister in Charlestown NH. Included on the diocese’s list released in 7/19. Laicized.
Fortier Roger Armand Manchester, NH By 1984 Fortier had admitted to the Chancellor that he watched pornographic films and abused minor boys after plying them with alcohol. Arrested 1997 for molesting two boys at the rectory in the mid-1990s. Also charged with possession of child porn. Convicted 7/98 and sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for abuse of two boys. Pled guilty 11/97 to attempted abuse of a third youth; received concurrent sentence of 5-10 years. Other victims came forward 2002-2003. Defrocked 2005. Granted parole 7/6/17, parole board citing his terminal cancer. Told to live with his sister on house arrest. Release pending parole officer’s review of Fortier’s living conditions. Laicized, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Fournier Roger E. Manchester, NH Per personnel filed released 3/03, fournier and another priest abused one youth in 1973. Investigative report reflects telephone contact with the victim in 2/02. Reports that both priests had befriended the victim and his brother after the death of their father. (In places, name is also spelled Fornier)
Gagne J. Delphine Manchester, NH A man told the diocese in 12/03 that, when he was age 13 or 14 in 1950, Gagne touched and fondled him in the back seat of a car while they were returning from an outing. Gagne died in 1963. The same man alleged that he was also fondled by Fr. Lirette during the same time period.
Gauthier Mark Manchester, NH At least one claim included in 11/02 $5M settlement between the archdiocese and 62 plaintiffs. Deceased.
Genereux Marcel Manchester, NH Originally an Oblate; may have been incardinated to diocese after 1959. A woman notified diocese 6/05 that she had been sexually molested by Genereux for two years while a student at Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson in 1957-58. She told the school in 1958; he was quickly removed. Shortly thereafter, he saw her at a party and deliberately broke her arm. Two other alleged victims are also known. Multiple short assignments 1959-71. Died 1971.
Gilbert Leo Manchester, NH Woman alleged in 2006 that Gilbert had molested her in approx. 1937 when she was 6. Gilbert was at Sacred Heart in Greenville at the time. Gilbert died 8/68.
Gregoire Paul L. Manchester, NH Woman complained to the Manchester Diocese that Gregoire had abused her when she was a minor. Abuse occurred in Seattle when Gregoire was a member of the Society of St. Suplice before he became a member of the Manchester Diocese. Diocese found the accusations credible and placed Gregoire on leave without priestly faculties. After investigation, Vatican authorized his return to active status 8/03.
Groleau Paul E. Manchester, NH By 5/02 two lawsuits had been filed that named “Grolleau” as abuser. Both plaintiffs were boys at the time of the alleged abuse in the late 1960s-early 1970s. At least one claim included in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 victims and 28 priests. Believe he was Diocesan Vocation Director in the 1970s and helped Gordon MacRae become a priest of the diocese, despite negative evaluations. (MacRae was later convicted of child sex abuse.) Groleau was laicized in 1989, prior to the reports against him of abuse. On the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Guthrie Frederick L. Manchester, NH Arrested 11/01 in NH and charged with soliciting sex from a minor over the Internet. Retired from Boston archdiocese 7/01 and lived in MA. Also faced charges of possession of child porn on home computer in MA. In 3/04 in NH Guthrie was sentenced to three months in jail and five years probation for attempting to solicit sex over the Internet. Child porn charges were pending in MA and he was to be extradited for trial. Voluntary laicization in 2010 announced 2/11/11.
Haller James W. Manchester, NH A woman told the diocese in 11/02 that Haller had had an inappropriate relationship with her more than 20 years prior, when she was a minor. Haller admitted to the relationship, saying that he had loved the girl and wanted to leave the priesthood and marry her. Instead, he was unable to leave the priesthood and the relationship ended. Diocese said that the report was the “first and only” report about Haller. He resigned from his assignment. Not listed in 3/03 Attorney General Report on the Manchester Diocese. Assigned to a life of prayer and penance, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Henry Brother Manchester, NH One man notified Diocese 7/03 that he had been sexually abused by a Br. Henry (no last name known) at Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester in 1961. Deceased.
Hilary Antony Muthu Manchester, NH Accused in 1995 of getting drunk and molesting girls in his home diocese of Kottar, India. One allegation was investigated and “proved.” Sent to the US by Bishop Tharmaraj, perhaps because of the allegations, where he was allowed to work despite his history. Accused 12/95 of using the confessional to scout victims and of mauling a woman during confession, rubbing his body against hers and attempting to kiss her. Manchester Bishop O’Neil deemed the claim credible. Hilary returned to Kottar 12/95.
Houle Wilfred Manchester, NH Houle left ministry in 1981 and died of AIDS in 1987. A man filed suit against the bishop and diocese in 3/08 which alleged that he was raped at age 16 by Houle in 1977, and that he contracted AIDS as a result. Criminal charges had been filed earlier and much investigation had taken place. The man’s claims were included in an earlier settlement with the diocese; he said he was coerced into taking the settlement.
Jannetta Alfred L. Manchester, NH At least one claim included in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 victims and 28 priests. He was shown as an active priest at that time. By 3/03 he was “recently suspended” following allegations he molested boys in the 1970s. In 1989 he was known to frequent gay bars, keep homosexual pornography in the rectory. He was preparing to go on a “gay cruise” when church officials intervened and sent him to counseling. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, assigned to a life of prayer and penance. Died 12/05.
Joyal Gerald F. Manchester, NH One claim was included in a 10/02 $950K settlement involving 16 men who alleged that 8 different priests, including Joyal, abused them as minors. At least one claim was included in both the 11/02 $5M settlement claiming abuse by 28 priests and the 12/02 $542.5K settlement claiming abuse by 5 priests. Joyal died prior to all settlements.
Laferriere Raymond H. Manchester, NH “Retired” in 1995. Removed from part-time parish work in 2002. Named by diocese in 2002 as one of 14 abusers who had received treatment and were returned to work. Before ordination, seminary warned that he had “incipient schizophrenia with homosexual overtones.” Per a 1963 complaint, he showed two boys pornography. No action taken. Other allegations received after retirement. Named in 3/3 report by AG’s office. Three plaintiffs filed two civil suits in 2002. Given a life of prayer and penance, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
LaFlamme Albert Manchester, NH Diocese and the Order settled civil suit 5/04 with one man who alleged that he had been abused by LaFlamme 40 or more times between 1943 and 1949 at the now closed St. Louis school in Nashua. LaFlamme has died.
LaForest Conrad V. Manchester, NH Accused in 1990 of abuse of a boy, age 12-13. Reportedly involved sexually with adult men. Multiple treatments for “alcoholism.” Name appeared on a list of 14 accused priests released by the diocese in 2/02. Had been on sick leave since 1996. Had been working part time since 1999. Privileges were removed in 2/02. One article says he (and all the other priests on the list) had been sent for treatment and had been cleared to return to duty. Deceased, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Lamont Leroy F/Br. Jerome Manchester, NH Bro. Jerome. Joined the Xaverians in 1941. Died in 1987. Named publicly as accused by the order on its list 7/12/19. Allegation reported in 2002 of abuse in the late 1960s at a summer camp in NH.
Lamothe Francis Manchester, NH Died in 1995/ At least 9 men filed suit in 2002 alleging abuse by Lamothe. Name on diocese’s list 2/02 list of 14 priests against whom there were credible allegations of sexual abuse. Plaintiff’s attorney described him as a “groomer.” At least one claim included in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 alleged victims and 28 priests.
Lamothe Harvey Manchester, NH At least one claim against Lamothe was included in an 11/02 $5M settlement with 62 people claiming abuse by 28 priests, two lay workers and one member of a religious order 1950s-1980s. Lamothe died 1/12/87 in Maine.
Lapointe Alfred Manchester, NH At least one claim included in a 11/02 $5M settlement with 62 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 28 priests, two lay workers and one member of a religious order 1950s-1980s. Lapointe had already left ministry at the time the allegations were received. Deceased, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Leclerc Maurice Manchester, NH At least one claim was included in an 11/02 $5M settlement with 62 people claiming abuse by 28 priests, two lay workers and one member of a religious order 1950s-1980s. Leclerc was deceased by the time the allegations were received.
Ledoux Michael Dominic Manchester, NH Accused in 1/03 of sexually abusing a boy in 1987 or 1988 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry. Oral sex alleged with attempts in NH and MA. Claim settled. Order found accusations credible. Diocese learned that Franciscans knew of allegation in 2002 but didn’t tell the diocese. Ledoux was at parish 4/86 to 9/89. Worked as dean at Widener University for 9 years until summer 2012, when officials learned of earlier accusation. He resigned rather than being placed on leave. Denied allegation. Also worked in Pittsburgh.
Lemire Edmund Manchester, NH On 10/10/02 the Manchester diocese settled with 16 claimants. One of them, John Doe 12, alleged that Lemire, an extern from the Sherbrooke diocese in Quebec assigned to St Edmund’s parish in Manchester, abused him in the early 1960s. Lemire exploited a common interest in magic and stamp collecting and fondled the boy under his bathing suit during an outing. The NH AG’s audit documents revealed two allegations of abuse committed at St Aloysius of Gonzaga parish in Nashua in the late1950s. One boy was fondled twice at age 16. The other boy was forced to hold Lemire’s penis and was ‘abused many times.’ He was later abused by Fr Roland Veilette and (as an adult) by Fr Karl E Dowd. Lemire was deceased as of 2003.
Lirette Albert Manchester, NH Accused in 12/03 of fondling and molesting a boy aged 13 or 14 in 1950. Alleged abuse occurred at home of priest’s mother in Manchester. Same man also made allegations against Fr. J. Delphin Gagne.
Long Patricia A. Manchester, NH Holy Cross sister, took vows 1969, worked at parishes and schools in New Bedford MA, W. Franklin, Gonic, Rochester, and Concord NH. Laicized 1973. In 2008 a woman reported to the diocese sexual assault by Long 1973-78, when the woman was ages 11-15. Diocese informed law enforcement. The abuse reportedly occurred in the rectory of St. John the Evangelist in Concord, where Long lived and led the parish’s youth ministry program. Long is said to have babysat children of parishioners on weekends, and to have had her alleged victim stay with her at the rectory and sleep in her bed. Alleged victim confronted Long at age 21 in 1982, and said Long told her she thought she (the girl) was a lesbian, and wanted contact. Long left St. John’s in 1986 and married Msgr. George Murray, who was St. John’s pastor. She became a minister of the United Church of Christ in Marblehead MA, then in CT. Name later Rev. Patricia A. Dabbah.
Lower Richard T. Manchester, NH Accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a young man in 1989. He denied that accusation, underwent a psychological evaluation, and was cleared to return to work. Another man came forward in 12/02 to allege abuse by Lower as a minor in 1973 at St. Rose of Lima Parish. When advised of new allegations and decision to place him on leave, Lower disappeared and was found dead along a hiking trail two days later. Likely suicide.
MacRae Gordon J. Manchester, NH Psychological problems during seminary in 1978. Pled guilty in 1988 to paying boy for sex. Received one year in jail, deferred, and sent for treatment. May have abused in 1983 but no action. Charged in 1993 with 11 counts of molestation of at least four boys. Convicted in 1994 for assault of a boy. Sentenced to 33 1/2-67 years. Civil suits filed. [See Major Account for much information and related documents.] Multiple appeals. Still in prison 2/14, continuing to deny guilt. Federal appeal case filed 2/14.
Maguire Joseph T. Manchester, NH Transferred three times in first 14 months after ordination. Diocese investigated 1974 allegation. Joined Stigmatine order in 1981. Investigated by police 1986. Working in Ireland at the time and nothing done. No assignment after 1981. Faculties withdrawn 1994. Some claims in 11/02 settlement. Criminal charges filed by two men in 2003. Convicted 2004 and sentenced to 44 years in prison. Eight others offered to testify as to his crimes against them. Died in prison in 2/05. Worked in Boston.
Mann Hubert Manchester, NH Died in 1972. Alleged to have abused a 15- year-old youth in the late 1960s. Mann reportedly asked the boy to live with him at the rectory after the boy’s foster father died. Mann would allegedly give the boy alcohol and then assault him. Claim was included in an 11/02 $950K settlement involving 16 plaintiffs.
McMullen Francis Manchester, NH Named as a perpetrator of abuse in a 12/02 $542,500 settlement involving six claimants against the Diocese of Manchester and five priests. Per a document produced as part of the NH Attorney General’s report 3/3/03, McMullen was accused of molesting a girl in 1958 and a boy a short time later. McMullen was transferred to another parish after the boy’s parents complained to the Diocese. McMullen died in his 40s.
Meehan Andrew Manchester, NH Meehan was married for many years with grown children and grandchildren when he divorced and obtained an annulment of his marriage. He went through seminary and was ordained in 1993. During 2002 treatment at St. Luke’s (for an eating disorder), he told therapist of attraction to and past sexual behavior with 15- to 16 year-old male teens. He acknowledged 2-3 incidents of being “overly affectionate” with boys. In 5/02 the diocese would not allow him to return to active priesthood and granted him early retirement. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, Meehan was assigned to a life of prayer and penance. Died 3/26/17.
Memolo Rocco C. Manchester, NH Accused in 1/03 of sexually abusing a boy, ages 12-14, in 1976-77 at St. Michael’s in Exeter. The alleged abuse included oral sex and penetration and occurred approximately 100 times. The same man also made allegations against another priest and a teacher. Memolo spent his career in NH except for two years (1987-89) at Texas A&M University. He took sick leave in 8/93 and after 1994 was on extended leave without faculties. Deceased, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Morel Albert J (Br Adrian) Manchester, NH Teacher at Bishop Guertin High School. A former student alleged that in 1981 (after he graduated) he went to Morel for counseling because of a sexual problem and that Morel told him to unzip his pants, then fondled him. The former student said he left but that next time he saw Morel, Morel hugged him and told him he loved him. The man then wrote a letter to the head brother at Bishop Guertin. Morel died 3/98.
Morley David Manchester, NH First named publicly by the Manchester diocese on its list 7/31/19. A diocesan spokesperson said that the diocese received an allegation in 2011 that Morley abused 45 years prior. An internal investigation found the allegations “probable.” Morley was laicized in 1994, prior to the surfacing of allegations.
Neighbor Russell J. Manchester, NH Accused in 1/04 of molesting a boy, beginning when the boy was age 16 in the early 1960s. while wrestling in underwear at hotels in Boston and NY. Neighbor died in 1972.
Neiman William P. Manchester, NH Accused in 12/07 of repeatedly molesting a boy in 1977-78, beginning when the boy was age 15. The alleged abuse included fondling over and under clothes and occurred in a choir loft. Neiman succeeded Rev. Gerald Joyal as pastor; the same boy was allegedly abused repeatedly by Joyal in 1969-75, beginning when the boy was age 8. Neiman is deceased, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Nolin John W. Manchester, NH Per 2002 articles, a woman told the diocese that Nolin abused her in the 1960s and 1970s. The diocese reportedly told her they believed her but that there was not enough evidence to take action. He was kept in ministry. Name not on list sent to Attorney General’s office; it was sent separately a month later. Sent for treatment in 1982 after admitting to a long history of involvement with adult women. [See Attorney General ‘s report for relevant documents.] Laicized 11/06, announced 1/07.
Osgood Donald Matthew Manchester, NH Accused of abuse of teenage boys in at least four lawsuits in 2002. Two plaintiffs among 16 in civil suits against Diocese which settled in 2002. Allegations against Osgood began to surface within months of his ordination. Transferred several times because of behavior. Sent for treatment to NM. Left active ministry in 1968. Last listed in 1975 Official Catholic Directory. Part of NH AG’s investigation, with numerous docs from personnel file in 2003 and 2009. Included in Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17; assigned to a parish in Albuquerque in 1963. Per Manchester diocese’s list 7/31/19, laicized and deceased.
Pelletier Eugene Manchester, NH Treated for alcoholism several times and St. Luke’s. Settlement in 1995, for counseling costs, of claims he abused a boy in 1963-64. He said he could not remember abuse. Name given to prosecutors in 2/02, along with 13 other priests. Retired in 1993. Pastoral ministry had been revoked at the time allegations were first received against him .Was living at a nursing home in Manchester. Assigned to a life of prayer and penance, deceased, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Petit Philip A. Manchester, NH Bishop Gendron apparently destroyed records in the 1980s that detailed sexual abuse by Petit and another priest. Bishop wrote a letter in 1986 to Petit assuring him that he would destroy all documents referring to his treatment, but would keep one 1982 letter. Civil suit filed 2002 alleging abuse of a youth 1979-81. On leave 1982-2002, per Catholic Directories. Laicization announced 8/28/18.
Poirier John R. Manchester, NH Porier was the only active accused priest on a list released by the diocese in 2/02. Allegedly solicited a boy for sex in the 1970s. Placed on leave. In 7/02, two men filed suits alleging abuse as children. Per the 2003 Attorney General’s Report, Poirier was described by church officials in 1988 as a “compulsive homosexual.” He received treatment but was still not celibate three yreas later. Began attending Sexual Addiction Support group meetings in 1994. Assigned to a life of prayer and penance, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Richard Edward D. Manchester, NH Placed on leave 4/02 after diocese learned of police investigation.Two men filed suit 6/02 alleging abuse by Richard while he was at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merrimack between 1973 and 1982. Richard retired in late 5/03. The criminal investigation was still ongoing at the time. Believe claims were settled as part of 5/03 settlement involving 61 plaintiffs. Assigned to a life of prayer and penance and deceased, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Robichaud George H. Manchester, NH Placed on leave 4/02. Arrested 7/02, charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault of a boy between ages 13-16 in 1984 and 1985. Victim went to police, then taped conversation with Robichaud in which Robichaud admitted he had been in recovery for 10 years. Also admitted abuse of another youth. One criminal mistrial. Retrial stopped 7/03 and charges later dropped on age issues and SOL. Civil suit filed 5/02 regarding abuse in 1982-1983. Settled in 2003. Deceased, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Sands J. Joseph Manchester, NH Ordained for the Trappists. Incardinated 1973 into the Manchester diocese. Accused in 5/28/03 attorney’s letter of sexual abuse at St. Bernard’s in Keene in 1966-69. Age of the complainant at the time of the abuse is unknown. Sands was murdered 5/11/79 when he tried to negotiate a hostage situation in the rectory of St. Rose of Lima in Littleton, NH. He was taken hostage and killed by a couple who then shot and killed themselves.
Scruton Stephen Manchester, NH Arrested at least twice for lewd behavior and/or indecent behavior. Sued in 1991 by one boy alleging abuse in 1986. Took sick leave in 1990. Removed from position at counselor for sex offenders at Essex County Jail in 1992 after name appeared on list of accused. Named in three suits in 2002. At least one claim in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 victims and 28 priests. Laicized and deceased, per diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Shea Leo Alfred Manchester, NH In 1994 Shea pled guilty to assaulting a 14- year-old; sentenced to 3-6 years prison. Released on parole 1997 and “retired.” Multiple other accusers. A man filed a civil suit in 1993. Accused in 2002 civil suits of abusing two boys. Claims by six people included in 10/02 settlement with the diocese. Another settlement in 11/02 included at least one claim. Privileges were permanently removed. Per diocese’s list 7/31/19, assigned to a life of prayer and penance. Died in 10/08.
Shields Joseph E. Manchester, NH Accused of abusing Junior HS boy on Exeter golf course in about 1974. In that year, Shields became pastor of St. Michael’s in Exeter. Same man also reported abuse by another priest and a teacher at his school. At last report Shields was in his 90s and living in FL.
St. Jean George Manchester, NH NH Audit shows two reports of same abuse: 1) alleged in 1/04 to the diocese by victim; and 2) reported in 3/08 by victim’s sister to Oblates. Boy said he was abused at priest’s family camp in MA in 1960 or 1961. Manchester said allegation was Boston issue; St. Jean was not in Manchester diocesan ministry, but Directory has him assigned at Colebrook NH shrine in 1960. Died 9/82. New suit filed 5/10 and another filed 7/21/10. Plaintiff in 5/10 suit murdered 9/9/11. Both suits settled 9/12. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19. It notes he left the diocese in 1962.
Stevens Paul G. Manchester, NH A man complained in 1/03 and again in 7/04 that Stevens fondled and groped him on one occasion in 1969 or 1970 after a ski trip. A second man alleged that Stevens abused him in 1974 when he was 13. Abuse said to have occurred at Stevens’ camp in Franconia. Stevens took a leave of absence 1/87 for health reasons and later chose not to return to ministry. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, Stevens’ canonical case was still in process.
Sullivan John J. Manchester, NH A woman notified the diocese in 11/04 that she was fondled and digitally penetrated by Sullivan in the mid-1970s, when she was ages 6-9. Sullivan died in 10/84. Matter was then reported to police. On the Amarillo diocese’s list 1/31/19, where he worked 1/61-4/63.
Sullivan John Thomas Manchester, NH Ordained for the Manchester diocese. Abused girls during assignments in NH, MI, TX, NM and AZ over a period of 35 years. Fathered a child in 1949; had arranged illegal abortion, but pregnancy did not end. Stalked a nursing student in 1952. Another pregnancy and abortion in 1956. Suspended and sent to Via Coeli in NM for treatment. Accepted by other dioceses despite history. Manchester released his personnel file 2/03. Grand Rapids paid 3 sisters $500K in 1994 for abuse by Sullivan when they were ages 7-12. Privileges removed multiple times. Died in 1999 in San Diego CA. Named in new suit filed in Arizona 6/13 against the Gallup NM diocese.
Talbot Francis A. Manchester, NH Accused in 2002 of abuse in the 1960s by at least four people. Placed on leave 10/02. One claim settled 10/02. Another settled 11/02. At least two suits filed. One suit settled 4/03. Sentenced to at least ten years in prison 3/03 after pleading guilty 12/02 to five counts of sexually assaulting a boy over a period of eight years. Not listed in the 3/03 NH Attorney General’s Report. Request for early release due to health denied 11/10. Still in prison 2/05/12. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, assigned to a life of prayer and penance and deceased.
Tancrede Roland E. Manchester, NH Retired. Placed on leave and stripped of faculties in 9/02 after accused in a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s lawyer says Tancrede admitted to the allegations. Included in the 3/03 Attorney General’s Report. Per the diocese’s list 7/31/19, assigned to a life of prayer and penance and deceased.
Turcotte Eugene Manchester, NH Woman notified diocese in 3/05 that Turcotte had molested her 1949-53 when she was 4-8 yrs old. Directory shows him assigned to an Oblate retreat house in Augusta ME for some of the time at issue; he was visiting family in Nashua when he allegedly perpetrated the abuse. Died 1/68.
Turgeon Armand A. Manchester, NH Woman reported in 8/05 that she had been abused at age 14 by Turgeon in approx 1956 at her home and at a convent in Rochester NH. As of 2005, Turgeon was not in public ministry due to age and infirmity.
Vadeboncoeur Paul Manchester, NH Named as a perpetrator of abuse in a 12/02 settlement of $542.5K between the diocese and six people claiming abuse by five priests. Accused of abuse of a girl, ages 15-17, multiple times 1955-1957. Also accused of one instance of abuse of a 12-year-old boy in 1950. Vadeboncoeur died at some time prior to the settlement. (The 1988 Catholic Directory spells his name Va’de’bon’Coeur and in 1995 it is Vade Bon Coeur. It has been misspelled in other sources as Vandenboncoeur.)
Valliere Romeo J. Manchester, NH Admitted abusing two boys. Diocese settled one claim in 4/05 for undisclosed amount. A man said that as a child Valliere would give him beer and marijuana at the rectory. Valliere’s file included a 1976 letter from parent complaining about drunk youths at the rectory. Placed on sick leave in 1989 after complaints by three women in his parish. On sick leave 4/1/89 – 6/20/90 for therapy. Assigned to another parish. Placed on sick leave again from 01/26/96 until he retired in 6/01. Privileges removed in 2002. Laicized and deceased, per the diocese’s list 7/31/19.
Veilette Roland W. Manchester, NH Veilette (or Veillette) died in 1983. Named in a 5/02 lawsuit by man who alleged Vielette abuse him in 1973. Personnel file contains a 2/02 memo in which the plaintiff said he was assaulted by Veilette and another priest in 1973, shortly after his father passed away. Both priests were said to have befriended him and would take him camping and give him gifts. A second man filed suit 6/02 alleging that he was assaulted by Veilette from 1956 to 1958, and that the incidents occurred in the priest’s car.
Voglio John Manchester, NH Accused 3/02 during AG investigation of repeated sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy in 1982 at Camp Don Bosco in NH. Voglio was a counselor at the camp. Abuse included oral sex. Later in 1982, Voglio wrote to the alleged victim from OH, saying that he was going on to become a priest. A John Voglio was ordained a Salesian priest in 1987 and worked in a Salesian HS and a parish in NY archdiocese. Investigative memo does not confirm that brother and priest are the same person. John Voglio is included on the NY archdiocese’s list 4/26/19. The Salesian and NY priest appear to be the same. The list notes Voglio was removed from ministry and laicized.
Walsh Patrick, L.C. Manchester, NH Accusations made in 2002 that Walsh abused at least a youth at high school in Center Harbor NH 1992-1993, per records released by NH Atty General’s office 3/03.
Wilfort Jeanne Manchester, NH Accused in 1999 of sexually abusing a nun, age 27, in the Winnipeg archdiocese 1978-79. Wilfort was then superior of the order’s Western Canada Province. Abuse allegedly included digital penetration and was represented as therapeutic. Complainant had been recruited from the Manchester NH diocese during a retreat by Wilfort. The Vatican investigated the charges in 2000. Complainant filed suit in 2002, but when she died in 2004, the suit was dismissed. Other victims are alleged, ages unspecified.
Zalewski Edward Manchester, NH A woman notified the diocese in 5/07 that Zalewski “hugged her to his body” at St. Joseph church in Lincoln in 1956, when she was approximately age 12. He died in 1976.

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