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New Mexico Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s New Mexico Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the New Mexico 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
AtenMichael J.Gallup, NMGraduated from Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas. Worked in AZ for many years. Named as abuser by Diocese 5/93. Events occurred in approx. 1988. Sent for treatment. Removed from ministry 5/91. Died in 2001. 2005 article cites more than 1 credible allegation against him.
BacaMichael aka MiguelGallup, NMIncluded on the Gallup diocese’s 12/16/14 list. The diocese provided a partial list of assignments for Baca, which showed him at St Joseph the Worker in San Fidel NM in 1961. The Official Catholic Directory lists him as assigned there as Retreat Director 1961-1970. Baca’s 18 years of missionary work took him throughout the US; he also worked among the Otomi Indians of central Mexico. Also worked in the Peoria IL diocese and the Santa Fe and Louisville archdioceses. For 12 years, Baca wrote the “Life Is for Living” column for the national magazine St. Anthony Messenger. On Gallup diocese’s list in 12/18, noted to be deceased. Accused, along with Rev. Conran Runnebaum OFM, in 2009 of abuse of a boy, age 8, in 1961 in NM. Diocese settled. Attorney said their had been previous complaints about both priests.
BazGeorgeGallup, NMName included on Gallup diocese’s 12/14 list of credibly accused clerics. Assigned to St. Joseph Parish, Winslow AZ 07/1968-09/1968. Deceased.
BeltrameaEphrem/EphraimGallup, NMName among Franciscan alleged clergy perpetrators of sexual abuse in 12/14 court document related to Gallup NM diocese’s bankruptcy case. Assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish 6/1970-05/1973. Believed to be deceased. Diocese announced it added Beltramea’s name to its list of credibly accused in 5/17.
BolandJohnGallup, NMAccused of sexually abusing 14-yr-old boy 2/83 in Winslow AZ. Arrested; charged with 4 misdemeanors/1 felony. Plea agreement 6/93; 3 misdemeanors dropped. Sentenced 9/83 to probation on misdemeanor; felony dropped. Boy and family never testified and never informed of results except that charges were being dismissed and he would be transferred. Name given to diocese in 2005 but information “discovered” in 2009 file review. Removed 2/09. Returned to Ireland in 2010. Settlements pending.
BurnsJames M.Gallup, NMIn 2003 Diocese released names of Burns and 4 other Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse over last 20 years. Burns was accused “several times” of sexual abuse, sent for therapy, & reassigned. Another allegation made; he was removed from duty and “retired” in 1993. Accused of abuse in AZ and CA by 1 in 2003 CA suit. This claim included in massive 7/07 $660M settlement with LA Archdiocese. Pleaded guilty in 2004 and rec’d. two 1.5 yr sentences. Also accused of abuse of girl. Died 8/6/10 in AZ.
ButzCrispinGallup, NMName among Franciscan alleged clergy perpetrators of sexual abuse in 12/14 court documents related to Gallup NM diocese’s bankruptcy case. Early in career worked in Batesville, IN and Louisville, KY; moved to Sacred Heart Parish, Gallup NM 1954. Abuse allegedly during 1960-63, when at St. Francis of Assisi, Gallup. Other assignments: Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis, Santa Fe, rector 1984-94. Pastored parishes in Albuquerque, Bloomfield, Cuba and Grants NM. Last assignment St. Paschal Friary, Santa Fe. Died 11/7/11 at Casa Guadalupe Friary, Albuquerque.
CichanowiczCharlesGallup, NMA man filed suit 11/07 in Navaho Nation District Court alleging Cichanowicz had given him alcohol and sexually abused him twice 1984-85, when he was teenand Cichanowicz was assigned to Shiprock, NM. Shown in Lafayette, IN diocese per 1989 OCD. Left Order 1991; laicized 1994. Worked as counselor at Alpine Counseling in Lafayette, IN. Two more suits filed 2009. Judge dismissed 2007 suit; Navajo Superior Court reinstated 9/11. All Plaintiffs settled 7/12. Agreed never to work with or around minors. On Lafayette IN list 9/28/18 (name spelled Chichanowicz).
ClarkDavid JosephGallup, NMWorked in Los Angeles, CA; Prescott, AZ; Ft. Worth, TX; Yuma, AZ; Alexandria, Monroe, Cottonport and Marksville, LA. Accused in 1994 lawsuit of abusing two brothers in Prescott, AZ in 1959 and 1960. Case dismissed on statute of limitations and affirmed by US Court of Appeals in 12/96. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On Baton Rouge diocese’s list in early 2019. It notes a report to diocese 12/15/18 of abuse 1964-65 while assigned to St. Thomas More. Clark left the diocese in 1965. Died in the 2000s.
ConnollyFinianGallup, NMName among Franciscan alleged clergy perpetrators of sexual abuse in 12/14 court document related to Gallup NM diocese’s bankruptcy case. Assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish in Cuba, NM1960-1963. Believed to be deceased.
CoutuJosephGallup, NMName included on Gallup diocese’s 12/14 list of credibly accused clerics. Assignments include St. Mary’s, Farmington NM 05/81 – 12/81; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holbrook AZ, 12/81 – 83; Sacred Heart Cathedral, Gallup NM 1983 – 06/84.
HartigJulianGallup, NMOriginally from Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist in Cincinnati. Worked in TX, MO, KS, KY and NM. Assigned to China missions 1929-36. In NM worked in Gallup and Lumberton and its missions. Assignments included St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Gallup NM (1955), St. Francis of Assisi Mission, Lumberton NM (1961-1964). Died 10/14/87 in Albuquerque. Accused of abusing a young girl near the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Accuser was given counseling and matter referred to Review Board. Allegation found to be credible by Diocese and Order. Included on Gallup diocese’s 12/14 list of clerics credibly accused of sexual abuse of minor(s).
LindenmeyerJamesGallup, NMNamed in 6/13 civil suit by one former student who alleged abuse at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Winslow AZ. Lindenmeyer worked as Vicar General of diocese in 1960s. Retired in 1996; died in 2007. Diocese denies any other allegations against him.He did have knowledge of other abusers in the diocese including Clement Hageman and Wm. G. Allison.
McNeillDouglas A.Gallup, NMEntered religious life with Miss. of Sacred Heart in 1962. Dispensation granted 1967. Ordained by Gallup. Assigned to Winslow and Holbrook, AZ and Thoreau, NM. Removed 3/94 after accused in 1994 civil suit of abusing a youth in 1978 while youth was stayed with him at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission to finish school year. Accuser confronted McNeill in 1993 and he admitted abuse. Offered to pay the man $15K from school funds. Man refused. Suit settled 9/95 for $135K. Also accused of abuse of 2 in AZ in 1971. McNeill still “on leave” per 2002 OCD.
MessierRene DGallup, NMName included on Gallup diocese’s 12/15/14 list of credibly accused. Assignments included St. Mary Mediatrix of all Graces, Yarnell AZ 1961-1963 and St. Anne, Ashfork AZ 1963. Deceased.
NewtonJohn AmbroseGallup, NMName included on Gallup diocese’s 12/15/14 list of credibly accused. Assigned to Winslow AZ 1955-1957; Springerville AZ 1957-1959. Died 9/22/66, Detroit MI.
RodriguezJose H.Gallup, NMIn 2003 Diocesan Review board said Rodriguez was accused of sexual abuse in 1999 concerning an incident that occurred more than 20 yrs before. Settlement reached with victim and Rodriguez removed from active ministry in 1999. He served in a number of churches in AZ and NM. Shown as “retired” in 2002 OCD. Per diocese, was at Assumption parish in Overgaard AZ as of 6/20/05.
RunnebaumConranGallup, NMName included on Gallup diocese’s 12/14 list of credibly accused clerics. Assignments included parishes in Grants, Farmington and San Fidel NM. Accused in 2009 of abuse of 8-year-old boy in 1961 at Sacred Heart in Farmington. Accuser said Rev. Miguel Baca OFM also abused him. Diocese settled. Attorney said their had been previous complaints about both priests. Died 5/5/07.
SanchezRaul N.Gallup, NMNamed as abuser in court pleadings filed 6/12. More than one accuser. Worked in one parish, Madre de Dios in Winslow, before teaching in a diocesan seminary program in Gallup and then becoming an Air Force chaplain. Gallup Chancellor 1979-11/86. Recently (2012) shown as absent in Catholic Directory; apparently living in Mexico. Sued 9/12 and 4/13 along with Clement Hageman re abuse in 1970s in Winslow, AZ. Named in new suit 6/13.
SchlafferJames JGallup, NMA 7/27/04 article in the Gallup Independent related that Schlaffer is alleged to have ‘probed the vaginal area’ of an 18-year-old Navajo girl hospitalized and in traction at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. On her first day of work after graduating from high school, the girl had been struck by a car as she walked on the shoulder of a reservation road. The girl ordered Schlaffer from her hospital room, expelled him again when he returned, and requested that the hospital add a note to her record stating that she wanted no visits from him. Subsequently the girl met another injured girl at the hospital, age 17, who said Schlaffer was a ‘nasty priest’ who had put his hand under her blouse and fondled her. Schlaffer was ordained for the Milwaukee archdiocese. He died on 8/22/98.
Schornack (Schomack)MarkGallup, NMAccused 5/10/13 complaint of touching & pentrating Jane J P Doe at Mission in St Michael’s AZ in Navajo Nation. Plaintiff on claimants’ committee in Gallup bankruptcy; came forward as Prudence Jones. Accused in 2015 complaint of abusing 2nd girl by sexual touching, fondling, frottage, intercrural sex & penetration at St Michael’s. Settled 11/17. Worked in Navajo Nation over 20 years as bus driver, helper of poor & children’s roller skate teacher. Trained as Maryknoll; no final vows; concerns about vocation.Treated by Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs NM; admitted to Franciscans while in treatment there; solemn vows 8/16/59. Worked at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Fort Defiance AZ & Our Lady of Guadalupe in Kayenta AZ. Later lived at Curia Juan Diego/OFM Friary in Albuquerque NM, per 2005-2012 Directory. Worked at St. Felix Pantry in Rio Rancho NM. Dementia in last years; lived at South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque. Died 1/16/12. On diocesan list as of 4/28/17.
SchreiberLawrenceGallup, NMName included on the Gallup diocese’s 12/14 list of credibly accused clerics. Assigned to numerous parishes in the diocese 1961-1991. On the Las Cruces diocese’s list 6/24/19, where he was assigned 2002-03.
TodaroCarlGallup, NMName included on the Gallup diocese’s 12/14 list of those credibly accused. Seminarian Mount St. Mary’s of the West 1951-52.
ViramontesDavid E.Gallup, NMName included on Gallup diocese’s list of credibly accused clerics in 1/15. Gallup diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2013 after lawsuit claiming 57 victims. Viramontes assigned to Aragon NM, Flagstaff, Winslow and Holbrook AZ. Died in 1997. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. It notes a report received in 2012 of an alleged incident in 1997.
WilsonSamuel J.Gallup, NMDied in 1986. Served for 33 yrs in Gallup Diocese in 20 rural parishes, mostly in AZ and NM, including assignments on the Navajo and White Mountain Apache reservations and a number of small Hispanic communities. Named as abuser in court pleadings filed 6/12 in another case. More than one accuser.
WottleClementineGallup, NMName among Franciscan alleged clergy perpetrators of sexual abuse in 12/14 court document related to Gallup NM diocese’s bankruptcy case. Assigned to St. Isabel Mission in Lukachukai AZ in 1965, and Sacred Heart Parish in Waterflow NM 1966-1970. Died 8/03/86 in St. Michael’s AZ.
AndersonJoseph K.Las Cruces, NMSent to the Las Cruces diocese by his Order in Wisconsin, where he had been assigned. Suit filed 7/12/18 vs Diocese of Las Cruces NM, Paracletes and Benedictines by man claiming Anderson and Rev. David Bentley of Holy Family in Deming NM sexually abused him hundreds of times 1994-2001 when he was an altar boy. The abuse allegedly began when the plaintiff was age 9. Anderson was relieved of his duties in 1999. He died in 5/02.
BarfieldDaniel RamseyLas Cruces, NMIn 5/13 civil suit a man accused Barfield of abusing him as a minor at St Jude’s Parish in Alamogordo NM, beginning in 1990. Same man also accused Wilfred J Diamond of abuse in same suit. Separate federal suit alleged Barfield allowed David Holley to live at the rectory and this gave Holley access to plaintiff so he abused plaintiff as well. Died 6/7/03 in Alamogordo. Buried in Jesuit Cemetery, Grand Coteau LA. Also worked in Dallas, NOLA and Houston at Jesuit schools. On Las Cruces diocese’s list11/8/18.
DiamondWilfred J.Las Cruces, NMIn a 5/13 civil suit a man accused Diamond of abusing him as an 8- or 9-year-old in 1987, at St. Jude’s Parish in Alamogordo. The same man also accused D. Barfield of abuse in the same suit and David Holley of abuse in a separate federal suit. Diamond and Holley worked together in 1970s at St. Jude, which was then part of the El Paso Diocese. Diamond retired in 1988 and died 3/15/95. Buried in Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Almaogordo NM. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18.
GarciaSamuelLas Cruces, NMFirst named publicly as accused on the Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. Report noted to have been made in 1996 of alleged incident in 1977. Assignments included parishes in Bayard, Hurley, Lordsburg, Fairacres and Sunland Park. Removed from ministry in 1999. Laicized in 2007. On El Paso, TX diocese’s list 1/31/19, which encompassed what was established in 1982 as the Las Cruces diocese.
HausfeldBruceLas Cruces, NMPlaced on leave 5/02 while order continues investigation of a single allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor. Allegation could not be corroborated when it was first reported 4/01 and Hausfeld was allowed to continue in parish at the time. Diocese again cleared and reinstated him as of 10/02. Still active in 2008.
HootkaGusLas Cruces, NMBrother. Named publicly as accused by the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on its list 5/31/19. Allegation received in 2018 of the sexual abuse of a minor 1956-57. Died in 2007. On the Las Cruces diocese’s list 6/24/19, where he worked 1955-87. Abuse noted to have occurred elsewhere.
LopezRosarioLas Cruces, NMPhilippines native. Worked in the Las Cruces diocese (then part of the El Paso Diocese) in the mid-1970s. Civll suit filed in NM 4/10 alleged he fondled and groped an altar boy before returning to the Philippines. When he left the diocese, another priest from the Philippines, Manuel Perez Maramba, replaced him and allegedly abused the same youth. Case settled 5/11. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18.
LynchRichard P.Las Cruces, NMFirst named publicly as accused on the Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. It notes report in 1992 of incidents in 1971 and 1982. Removed from ministry 1992. DIed 2017.
MorganArthur C.Las Cruces, NMFirst named publicly as accused on the Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. It notes a report was received in 2013 of an incident in 1973. Assignments in the diocese were Our Lord of Mercy in Hatch 1968-71 and San Isidro in Garfield 1971-91.
SierraFrankLas Cruces, NMOrdained in 1946; teaching high school in Buenos Aires by 1951. Arrived in Pueblo CO diocese in 1951 to replace his brother, John Sierra. Worked in El Paso and several parishes in 1950s and 1960s, later part of Las Cruces NM diocese. Working by 1970 in the San Diego CA diocese. Retired 1988. Accused in 1994 civil suit of abuse of girls in Santa Cruz NM; settled. Included on San Diego list of credibly accused 3/07. Status was ‘removed.’ Personnel file released 10/25/10. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. On El Paso’s list 1/31/19.
SIlvaBenjaminLas Cruces, NMNamed as accused by the Diocese of Las Cruces on its list 11/8/18. It notes no claims in the diocese, and that Silva was assigned to parishes in Chaparral, Berino and Las Cruces 1983-1986. It also notes that Silva was on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list. (The Santa Fe archdiocese’s 9/12/17 list includes a George Silva, but not Benjamin.)
TickleJohnLas Cruces, NMFirst named publicly as accused on the Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. It notes a report in 2004 of an alleged incident 1976-77. Tickle was removed from active ministry in 2004. On the El Paso diocese’s list 1/31/19. (Las Cruces was established in 1982, from El Paso.)
AbdonAndrewSanta Fe, NMAka John Christianson. In separate 1995 lawsuits, two brothers and another man claimed abuse as grade-schoolers in the 1950s by Abdon and other Christian Brothers, at St. Michael’s in Santa Fe and at College of Santa Fe. Last of lawsuits settled 10/96. A woman filed suit in 1995 alleging abuse by Br Abdon at St. Michael’s. Trained at Juniorate in Las Vegas, NM and De La Salle Novitiate in Lafayette, LA. Took the habit in 1936; final profession 1945. Died 8/17/77. Stadium at St. Michael’s called Brother Abdon Field, as late as 2009. On Santa Fe archdiocese’s list of accused 9/12/17.
AbeywickremaLionel AugustineSanta Fe, NMFrom Sri Lanka. Accused by three sisters of sexually abusing them in the mid-1960s, when he was at St. Bernadette’s parish in Albuquerque and they were ages 6-14. The women reached an out-of-court settlement with the archdiocese, announced 7/1/93. Abeywickrema was removed from public ministry. Died 11/12/08. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese’s list 9/12/17.
AlexBrotherSanta Fe, NMIn 1995 civil suit, one man alleged he was abused by Br. Alex when he was studying to join the Christian Brothers at the Junior Novitiate at The College of Santa Fe between 1955-1957. Same man also alleged abuse by Br. Abdon and by a scout master. Settled in 1996.
ArchuletaMarvinSanta Fe, NMAround five cases involving Archuleta settled in the mid-1990s. Accused in a 1994 suit of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy daily during a 1971 car trip from NM to DC. Sent to St. Luke’s, then Vianney Renewal Center for treatment. Suit settled in 12/95. Archuleta said the plaintiff exaggerated. Removed from ministry. Found by news outlet working as a priest in Mexico City in 2002. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. Suit filed in 10/18 by a 38-year-old man claiming Archuleta raped him when he was a grade school student at Holy Cross in Santa Cruz in the 1980s. Arrested 2/8/19 on charges of the kidnapping and rape of a 6-year-old boy in the 1980s. Report to the D.A. in 2/19 of abuse of an altar boy in the early 1990s.
BacaPaul M.Santa Fe, NMA woman filed suit 1/00, alleging a sexual relationship with Baca for one year beginning in 1973 when she was 15. The suit also alleged relationship resumed in 1989 and lasted until the 1990s. She had a videotape and transcript wherein Baca admitted “repetitive sexual contact.” He resigned. Suit was settled 6/00 for undisclosed amount. Settlement also covered claims by another woman who claimed Baca had a 2-year affair with her which ended in 2000. Died 2/8/13. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
BeanDonald A.Santa Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. Worked as a priest of the Santa Fe archdiocese 1963-70. Moved to the Burlington VT diocese in 1970, where he was incardinated in 1975. Retired in 1994 due to ill health, per his obituary. Died 11/1/05.
BleaRudySanta Fe, NMCivil suit filed 6/10/94 alleged abuse of at least one youth during counseling sessions 1969-70. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17, as a Benedictine. Blea sued the archdiocese in 1994 and again in 2018, claiming he was never a member of the Benedictines, nor employed by them or in residence with them at any time during his life, nor has he ever been a brother, monk, deacon or priest in any diocese of the Catholic church. He said he did give talks at a retreat in Albuquerque that his accuser attended. Per the Sante Fe archdiocese on its list 3/8/19, Blea was in formation for the archdiocese 1969-76. Blea said he became a seminarian in 1974.
BrouseauLouisSanta Fe, NMBrouseau and two other De La Salle Christian Brothers were accused in 1995 civil suits of independently molesting a young man over several years at St. Michael’s school. The man’s brother also claimed abuse by one of the Brothers. Brouseau later left the order and worked as a public high school principal. Case settled Fall 1996. On Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
BrucknerRonald L.Santa Fe, NMAt least five men alleged abuse by Bruckner in the 1970s and 1980s when they were in middle school in Albuquerque. Several reported to Archbishop Sheehan in 1995. Bruckner was investigated in 1995 and 2004 by the review board, but not removed. Had a third evaluation in 3/05 after a sixth man claimed 1970s abuse. Placed on leave and ‘retired’ 3/05. Lost all privileges 9/05. Still representing himself in 1/08 as a priest of the Santa Fe archdiocese. On Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. Suit v Boy Scouts naming Bruckner and Rev. Robert Malloy 12/18.
BurbachMarrSanta Fe, NMBurbach was accused of sexually abusing several members of a parish beginning in the 1960s. Affiliated with Pecos Benedictine Monastery. Two civil suits filed in 1994. On Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
CassidyWalter EdwardSanta Fe, NMA man and woman filed separate suits in mid-2013 alleging abuse by Cassidy, who worked in parishes in Albuquerque, Taos and Mora. Suits were reportedly settled at some point before 5/14. Another man filed suit 5/14 alleging abuse by Cassidy at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in northwest Albuquerque in the late 1960s. Plaintiff says he was abused between 50-80 times as a 10-year-old boy. In a suit filed in 11/14, Cassidy was accused of molesting an 8- to 10-year-old girl in the late 1960s on a church bus. Archdiocese knew of allegations against Cassidy by 1994 but never made them public. He died in 1994. On the archdiocese’s list of accused 9/12/17.
CharronCharles J.Santa Fe, NMFrom Canada. First identified publicly as accused on Santa Fe archdiocese’s list 9/12/17. Worked at St. Peter’s church in Gentilly MN in the Crookston diocese in 1960; Madre de Dios Novitiate in Santa Fe 1960-61; the order’s house in Santa Cruz, Bolivia 1961-63; Jemez Springs NM 1963-65; the order’s minor seminary and novitiate in the Burlington VT diocese 1965-71; the order’s Canton retreat house in the Youngstown OH diocese 1971-73. Retired 1973. Last listed in the 1978 Directory.
ChavezAlbertSanta Fe, NMMonsignor. Accused in a 10/18 lawsuit of the sexual abuse, including rape, of an altar boy 1972-77 in Peralta, when Chavez was pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Chavez allegedly would ply the boy with alcohol. Transferred to the Diocese of Las Cruces where he worked in parishes 1977-85. He died in 1996. On Diocese of Las Cruces list 11/8/18. It noted a report received in 2002 of an incident in 1984. On Santa Fe’s list 3/8/19.
ChavezJohnny LeeSanta Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. Last assignment 2011-2014 at Sangre de Cristo, where he was pastor. Retired.
ClarkHenry ASanta Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused in Santa Fe archdiocese list on 9/12/17. Worked at St Anne’s in Santa Fe 1952-1957 and at missions in Agua Fria, Cienega, and Cieneguilla. In those years identified in the Directory index as a Santa Fe priest and a Franciscan, but not identified as OFM in parish entry. Assigned as a Syracuse priest to Immaculate Conception cathedral in Mobile AL diocese 1936-1939. In all other years he is not indexed in the Directory (1946-1952) or is listed as ‘absent with permission’ (1932-1936; 1940-1945). Died on 7/25/57 in Albuquerque at age 56. Syracuse and Utica assignments are mentioned in the obituary but not indexed in Directory.
Coggiola-MowerOctavio A.Santa Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. Aka Ottavio and O.A.
CorpuzLeon Q.Santa Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused on the Santa Fe archdiocese’s list 9/12/17.
CourcyLeoSanta Fe, NMPriest of the Burlington VT diocese. Civil litigation filed in 1994. Courcy and Rev. Joseph Anthony Gallegos were accused of abusing an altar boy in NM, after Courcy’s first trip to the Servants of the Paraclete treatment facility in Jemez Springs. Courcy was sent to the Paracletes twice, in 1967 and 1969. Included in Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. Accused in a 5/19 lawsuit against the Paracletes of sexually abusing two boys during an overnight the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa in 1969. One of the accusers claimed he was raped. Per the suit, Courcy was sent by the Paracletes to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for treatment.
CoyleFinbar (Barry)Santa Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. Assigned to Santa Fe cathedral 1959-74; worked from there as Franciscan vocations director for the Southwest. Later worked in New Orleans archdiocese and Baton Rouge diocese. Died 2/6/91. Last listed in 1988 Directory, but death entry in 1992 Directory shows his location as St Mary of the Angels, a Franciscan parish in New Orleans. The 1989-91 Directories do not show him as assigned to that parish. During his time in Santa Fe aka Finbar. Listed in Directory as Barry thereafter. On Baton Rouge diocese’s list in early 2019.
DonelanEdward FrancisSanta Fe, NMWorked at Boys’ school run by state and then ran a boys’ ranch operated by Santa Fe Archdiocese. State of NM knew of allegations in 1971. Accused of sexually abusing and beating residents. Church ranch was closed after one boy died. At least one civil suit filed 1994 by 2 men. Archb. Sanchez received complaints 1976; sent another priest to investigate. Ranch closed shortly thereafter but Donelan remained priest until death in 1994. Lawsuit filed 5/17 by man alleging sex abuse by Donelan and Rev. Laurier Labreche in late 1980s when man was an 11- to 13-year-old altar boy, at Church of the Ascension in Albuquerque. Included in Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
EsquibelJohn LSanta Fe, NMEsquibel (also spelled Esquivel) is alleged to have molested boys in several parishes before he was placed in job at Chancery office. Reoffended after treatment. Indicted in 10/93 and charged with abusing a 15-year-old altar boy in 1983; charges dropped by Judge 2/95 for lack of evidence. Worked as Army Reserve chaplain from 1979. Still listed as late as 2002, likely in error. At least 2 civil suits filed in 1994. Included in Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
FarrisDaniel L.Santa Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. Deceased.
FountainDennisSanta Fe, NMDean of Students at St. Catherine’s Indian School. Indicted 1/87 on more than 170 counts of sexual abuse (most charges from 1 of 3 accusers). Indictments dismissed because a DA was alleged to have tampered with Grand Jury. Reindicted 9/87 on other charges. Apparently found not guilty because he became pastor of St. Helena Parish in Hobbs, NM (Las Cruces Diocese). A 4/25/10 church bulletin requested prayers for him as he was ill; he was no longer shown as pastor. Died 12/29/13. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. Noted to have worked in Las Cruces diocese 1992-08. Also, report made in 2009 of an alleged incident in 1960. On Gallup diocese’s list 12/10/18.
GallegosJoseph AnthonySanta Fe, NMAlleged to have abused at least four boys, one in each of his four assignments from 1965-1972. Apparently had his privileges suspended from 1972-1992. Was reconciled with the Church just before dying of AIDS in 9/92. At least one victim also acquired AIDS. At least four suits filed against estate. One suit settled in Fall, 1994 and another was settled before it reached the lawsuit stage. Named in at least one civil suit filed 8/14. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
GalliRobert W.Santa Fe, NMAccused by a man in a lawsuit filed in 4/18 of having sexually abused him as a boy at St. Anne’s in southwest Albuquerque. Deceased. On the archdiocese’s list 3/8/19.
GarciaHectorSanta Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. Assigned to Albuquerque parishes 1981-89.
GreenwellPaul J.Santa Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused on Santa Fe archdiocese list on 9/12/17. From Louisville KY archdiocese until Owensboro diocese established in 1937. Per Directories late 1950s-early 1960s Greenwell was Absent on Leave from the Owensboro diocese, at Sacred Heart parish in Albuquerque. Included on 4/12/19 Owensboro diocesan list of priests with substantiated allegations, which states: ‘multiple allegations from the 1940s and 1950s deemed substantiated.’ ‘Retired to Albuquerque’ in 1956. Died 11/24/64.
GriegoSabineSanta Fe, NMAccused of sexual and physical assaults of children. Suit filed 1993, 7 in 1994. Lived at Archbishop Sanchez’ residence after treated at Paracletes. Put on leave 1/93; laicization process began 2/94. Prison psychologist after FBI check; resigned months later. Civil suit 5/14 re abuse at an ABQ parish in 1986. Suit 8/15 re sexual abuse of boy in 1980s at Griego’s home in Montezuma and at Queen of Heaven in ABQ. Man filed suit 5/14 against Santa Fe archdiocese; said publicly in 11/15 he was raped by Griego at age 17 in 1986; had gone to Griego for guidance about possibly becoming priest. Said there were teen boys with Griego in rectory and drinking. Accused in 12/17/15 suit of abuse of boy, age 14-18, at parishes in Las Vegas, NM and ABQ 1975-79. On Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. As of 11/17, accused of abuse of 30 boys, 1 girl. Two new suits 1/18. New suit 5/18 by 6 men, 1 woman. Arrested 3/19, charged with rape of 8-year-old girl in early 1990s. On Las Cruces list 6/24/19.
HennesseyRichardSanta Fe, NMNamed publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 3/8/19. Assigned to Blessed Sacrament in Albuquerque 1961-63.
HuffDennisSanta Fe, NMA man filed a complaint with Santa Fe police in 1/97 alleging rape and abuse by Huff on multiple occasions in the early 1980s at St. Catherine Indian School. He also alleged abuse by Fr. Christopher Kerr. Huff left the order some time before 1997. Accused in a 2014 lawsuit of rape in 1976 of a 15-year-old boy living in St. Catherine School’s dorm. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. Worked at a behavioral health center serving mostly native Americans beginning 1992; “retired” in 9/17 after the center received an anonymous letter about Huff’s past.
IsaiasTheodoreSanta Fe, NMCivil suit filed against Isaias, Santa Fe archdiocese, Via Coeli, Greek Orthodox Church, and Estate of Fr. Charles Rourke in 1995. One man said he was sexually abused by Isaias in 1974. It is believed Isaias was treated at Via Coeli prior to time he abused plaintiff. Suit was settled and dismissed in 1996. Documents released by the Orange CA diocese show that in 1988 Isaias was the Director of Albuquerque Villa, a facility of the Servants of the Paraclete, and was also their Director of Aftercare. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
KemperJames A.Santa Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. Died 11/23/93.
KerrChristopherSanta Fe, NMMan filed report with Santa Fe police in 1997 alleging abuse by Fr. Kerr and Br. Dennis Huff at St. Catherine Indian School. Says that Kerr (a teacher) fondled him once in 1980 or 1981 but Huff raped him several times in early 1980s. Kerr was working inCincinnati Diocese in late 1980s. Kerr left priesthood in early 1990s and was living in Houston, TX in 1997.
KirschRobert J.Santa Fe, NMFrom NY. Trained as Jesuit. Ordained by Gallup. Transferred to Santa Fe. Archdiocese became aware of behavior and sent him to counseling several times; each time would transfer him to new parish. Kirsch allegedly sexually abused a girl at St. Thomas Apostle in Abiquiu NM beginning when she was age 15, 1973-77. She filed civil suit in 1991. He caused girl to have an abortion. He admitted sex but said she was 19 by then. Suit dismissed 1993 on SOL and dismissal upheld by NM Court of Appeals. Died 11/3/05. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 6/24/19, where he worked 1965-67.
LabrecheLaurier A.Santa Fe, NMAccused in a lawsuit filed 5/17 of sexual abuse, along with Rev Edward Donelan, of an altar boy, ages 11-13, in the late 1980s at Church of the Ascension in Albuquerque. Living in Albuquerque in 5/17. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. Worked in diocese 1962-68 at St. Eleanor’s in Ruidoso.
LipinskiVincent A.Santa Fe, NMConfronted by Archbbishop Sanchez in the early 1990s after two allegation that Lipinski abused a youth after getting him drunk. Lipinski denied; nothing done. Working at St. Anthony Parish in Questa, NM when criminal charges filed 10/92. Pled guilty in 1993 to two charges of molesting a 14-year-old boy after giving him alcohol. Sentenced to jail, suspended for 5 years. Civil suit filed by boy in 1993 and settled in 1996. Per a6/02 article, Lipinski was laicized at some point. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17.
LommeHubert CSanta Fe, NMOrdained in Valkenburg, Holland. Monsignor. Accused in a 2014 lawsuit of sexual abuse of a 6- or 7-year-old boy in the early 1960s when pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows in Las Vegas NM. Another suit filed in 12/16 claimed Lomme sexually abused 7 preteen boys at Our Lady of Sorrows 1959-64. Died 10/22/86 at age 79. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17.
LynnCliveSanta Fe, NMMultiple complaints by individuals and social services of abuse by Lynn, with subsequent transfers by Archbishop Sanchez. Four separate civil suits filed in 1994 alleging abuse of altar boys in the early 1980s. Suits said Lynn was no longer a priest and no longer in the United States. Privileges revoked 1986. In 1989 Archdiocese of Santa Fe paid $554K settlement to one person claiming abuse in the late 1970s. Lynn left for Great Britain after 1989. Lawsuit filed in 11/14 by a Las Vegas man claiming abuse as a boy by Lynn in 1977. On Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 6/24/19.
MaguireJoseph M.Santa Fe, NMAccused in a lawsuit 11/5/18 of sexually abusing a boy age 12 in 1955 at San Francisco church in Ranchos de Taos NM. Maguire was born 5/19/1898 in Lexington MA; trained at St Meinrad Seminary IN; ordained in Boston by Cardinal O’Connell on 5/25/1934. Reportedly taught at minor seminary for a year before working until 1960 in parishes in the Santa Fe archdiocese, where he was also a Consultor and chaplain of the NM Senate. Granted the title monsignor in 1950. After working as pastor at Ranchos de Taos, where he is now accused of abuse, he was on sick leave before his next parish assignment at Our Lady of the Assumption in Albuquerque. Listed in the Official Catholic Directory 1960-1976 as a Santa Fe priest ‘On sick leave’ but reclassified as ‘retired’ when he died on 10/10/76. Then an obit in the Boston Globe revealed he had been assigned to St Brigid in Lexington MA, though never indexed or listed there in the Directory. Not included in the Santa Fe archdiocese’s lists of accused.
MalloyRobert PatrickSanta Fe, NMArrested in 1998 and later charged with sexually exploiting at least 14 boys 1992-98. Placed on leave. Indictment covered 42 charges. Charges dismissed 2/02. Refiled. In plea agreement 8/02 Malloy pleaded no contest to five lesser counts. Sentenced 9/02 to 5 years (less 5 days) probation. Per 2002 article, he had been writing anonymous, sexually explicit notes to teenage boys at St. Pius High School, offering to pay them for their semen. Served as police chaplain until 1998. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. Named in suit against Boy Scouts 12/18 along with Rev. Ronald Bruckner.
Martin/PeraltaPhilipSanta Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused on the Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. On Diocese of Las Cruces list 1/08/18. Report noted to have been received in 2002 of an alleged incident in 1984. Martin worked at NMMI in Roswell 1983-84.
MartinezArmandoSanta Fe, NMSent to Servants of the Paraclete for treatment in 1988. Removed from ministry in 1993 after allegation of abuse of a minor in 1992. Retired in 1994 after he was accused of sexual misconduct with a boy 20 years prior. Civil suit filed. In 5/94 Martinez was found murdered on the road to the Paraclete retreat. Police arrested a man who claimed Martinez fondled him after they had both been drinking. The man was later sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder. A lawsuit filed 8/15 alleged rape by Martinez over 2-year period of an altar boy at Sacred Heart in Española, NM in the late 1980s. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
MartinezCharlesSanta Fe, NMCivil suit filed 12/93 alleged Martinez abused one youth from 1977-1983, beginning when the plaintiff was 12 and Martinez was studing to be a Franciscan Friar. Martinez would take the boy with him on trips throughout the U.S. Martinez denied all allegations but was suspended when allegations surfaced 4/93. Some defendants dropped 4/95 after settlement with one. Remaining portion against Martinez was dismissed 5/95.
MartinezLuis (Louis)Santa Fe, NMTwo civil suits filed in NM in 1994, both alleging abuse by Martinez of minor females. No dates for abuse given in either suit. Martinez reportedly left the priesthood. At least one suit (maybe both) settled by Archdiocese of Santa Fe and Sons of the Holy Family 12/95. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
MartinezRobert LeeSanta Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. Worked in the archdiocese 1979-1993.
MartinezRoger L.Santa Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused in Santa Fe archdiocese list on 9/12/17.
MazonDiegoSanta Fe, NMIn 2/09 it was revealed that Mazon had been removed from ministry in Gallup diocese in 2004 due to an allegation that he had sexually and psychologically abused a girl 1974-78 while at St. John’s in Roswell. Civil suit filed in 2005 against Mazon and the Santa Fe archdiocese. It was settled and dismissed in 2/06. Living as of 2011 at order’s Juan Diego Friary in Albuquerque, possibly with former Archbishop Sanchez. Included in an update of the Gallup diocese’s list 4/28/17. On Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. On Las Cruces list 11/8/18. Died in 11/18.
MazurThaddeusSanta Fe, NMAccused in a lawsuit filed 5/21/18 of sexually abusing a girl when she was 9- or 10-years-old, at Sagrado Corazon parish in Costilla. Mazur was assigned to the parish 1956-66. Deceased.
McConnellTomSanta Fe, NMAccused, along with Br. Abdon and former Br. Louis Brouseau, in a 5/17/95 civil suit by two men, who were siblings, of molesting them on several occasions while they were in elementary school and junior high at St. Michael’s in Santa Fe. Litigation was settled in Sept-Oct, 1996 for an undisclosed amount.
O’BrienMichael P.Santa Fe, NMPastor of a number of archdiocesan parishes; started ‘Pilgrimage for Vocations’ in 1973, which were week-long walks for youth through northern NM, with sleepovers at parishes along the way. O’Brien died in 1/93 at age 48 (possibly of AIDS per plaintiff’s attorney). In 2012 a man told archdiocese that he had been sexually abused by O’Brien at age 10-11 in mid-1980s when O’Brien was assigned to St. Anthony in Questa. The archdiocese provided counseling for several months but it ceased when plaintiff retained attorney. He filed civil suit 4/2/13. Three more men filed suits a few weeks later, and six more shortly thereafter. By 12/15 O’Brien was named as a perpetrator of sexual abuse vs NM boys in the 1970s-80s in 17 lawsuits, at least 9 of which had been settled. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17.
PaironRalph W.Santa Fe, NMFirst named publicly as accused on the Santa Fe archdiocese’s list 9/12/17. From Belgium. Was priest of Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (C.I.C.M.); sent by Order to the U.S. in 1954. Incardinated in the Santa Fe archdiocese. Transferred to San Antonio TX archdiocese in 1968, where he taught high school for 22 years. Died 10/5/14. Named in suit filed 11/18, accused of abuse of a 10-year-old girl at St. Thomas in Abuquiu, beginning in 1969.
PauschGeorge W.Santa Fe, NMIncluded on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. Originally a priest of the Los Angeles CA archdiocese. Sent to Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs NM “On Sick Leave” in 1955. Remained there until his death 1/27/71.
PerisJohn B/VincenteSanta Fe, NMA man filed suit in 6/95, claiming he was abused at age 13 by Peris in Anton Chico, NM at San José parish. Peris was also responsible for missions in Dilia, Colonias, Pintada, Milagro, Dahlia, Plaza de Arriba, and Tecolotito. Suit said the plaintiff lived at the parish hall for several months so that he could ride the bus to school. Peris also lived at the parish hall and allegedly abused the plaintiff for several months in the fall of 1957. Peris reportedly returned to Spain shortly after the abuse and is believed to be dead. Included on the archdiocese’s list 9/12/17.
PerraultArthur J.Santa Fe, NMOrdained for Hartford diocese. Sent to NM for treatment 1966 and Canada 1992. Air National Guard chaplain. Allegedly abused at least 10 boys & girls; some took own lives. Fled country 1992. At least 4 suits filed against him and Archd of Santa Fe (1992 & 1994). One settled 11/93 for $600K. Four settled 1995. Named in at least 1 suit filed 8/14. Man who filed suit 8/14 against Santa Fe archd said Perrault abused him dozens of times beginning 1991, when he was an altar boy, age 10, in Albuquerque. Perrault found in 4/16 working in Morocco, at American Language Center in Tangier; living there off and on for 30 years. Resigned 5/16, school notified police. Suit filed 8/4/16 re abuse of Albuquerque boy 1975-77. Another suit 12/16. One plaintiff said 38 victims. $16M judgment in 2/17. Included on Santa Fe list 9/12/17. Arrested by FBI 9/18, returned to NM. Pled not guilty to charges of abuse of 11-year-old boy while chaplain at Kirtland AF Base 1991-92. New suit 11/18. Found guilty 4/10/19.
PfalzerRomanSanta Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused in Santa Fe archdiocese list on 9/12/17. Assigned to St. Francis in Gallup in the early 1950s. Santa Fe’s updated list in 3/08/19 shows Pfalzer as having been assigned to the Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe in 1966. Also worked in Roswell and Clovis. Died 12/26/11. On Archdiocese of Indianpolis list 10/18/18. Noted to have two victims, allegedly abused 1954-54. (Brother of accused priest, Juvenal Pfalzer, O.F.M.)
PrefontaineLouisSanta Fe, NMFirst identified publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. Assigned in 1968 to St. Charles Borromeo in Albuquerque. Deceased.
PudeiCasildaSanta Fe, NMFirst named publicly as accused on the Santa Fe archdiocese’s list 11/8/18. It notes a report received in 1993 of abuse in 1957. Pudei’s was assigned to St. Edward’s School in Calrsbad 1956-57. He died in 1987. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/08/18.
QuinnJohnSanta Fe, NMNamed publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. The list shows Quinn to have been a priest of the Manchester diocese.Assigned in 1960 to Villa Madre de Dios in Santa Fe.
RiefferGeorgeSanta Fe, NMMsgr. Rieiffer (misspelled “Reiffer” in media reports) was accused in a lawsuit filed in 5/16 of sexually abusing and raping a girl beginning in 1952, when she was 6-yrs-old. The abuse allegedly occurred many times in the rectory of Immaculate Conception parish, Las Vegas. The girl was said to have been a parishioner and student of the parish school. Rieffer died 9/7/91.
RodriguezJohn CSanta Fe, NMResigned from parish 3/95 after lawsuit filed which alleged he abused a 19 yr old seminarian after getting him drunk more than 20 yrs previously. After suspension, Rodriguez was sent for treatment for alcoholism. He was allowed to work under certain restrictions until 2002 when he was permanently removed. Included in Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
RodriguezPaulSanta Fe, NMNamed publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17 (misspelled Rodriguiez). Noted to be a priest of the Diocese of Richmond. Assigned to Via Coeli in Jemez Springs in 1965, and had a psychology practice in Albuquerque 1966-86.
RothRonald W.Santa Fe, NMWorked in Peoria IL diocese 1966-68. Worked in NM 1968-72, returning to IL 1972-91. Peoria bishop placed him on leave 3/93 after civil suit filed in NM which alleged he abused at least 3 boys and 1 girl there, beginning in 1968. One mother complained to Santa Fe archdiocese in vain. By 6/97 news articles referred to Roth as a spiritual healer and former priest. Died 6/1/09. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. New suit 5/21/18 alleging abuse by Roth of a 14-year-old NM boy in 1971.
RuizLorenzoSanta Fe, NMIn a 1995 suit in NM, a woman claimed Ruiz started a ‘girls club’ at church to find victims; he allegedly sexually abused her and others in 1978 after taking them on outings and giving them money and presents. Suit included charges against Archdiocese of Denver and Franciscans. Ruiz transferred from Albuquerque to Denver in 1987 and became head of Hispanic Affairs. He was abruptly removed from the post in 11/04 and his faculties were revoked. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
RutowskiEdwardSanta Fe, NMAccused in two 1994 civil suits of molesting minors. Was priest in St Anthony of Padua Province in Chicopee MA; requested transfer to Santa Fe for “health reasons.” Apparently incardinated into Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1956 or 1957. Alleged to have abused one boy in 1967. Abuse alleged of another boy in 1971 by Rutowski and church custodian. Retired in 1991. Facilities were restricted to private celebrations of mass after accusations by one youth. Accused in suit filed 12/17/15 of abusing various boys, one 1975-79, beginning when boy was age 9 and Rutowski was at St. Jude Thaddeus in Albuquerque. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17.
SanchezJulianSanta Fe, NMPermanent deacon. Accused in a lawsuit filed 5/5/94 of raping an altar boy, age 12-13. Placed on leave. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese’s list of accused 9/12/17.
SchoeppnerClarenceSanta Fe, NMSchoeppner became vice-chancellor of the archdiocese immediately after ordination, and later chancellor. Accused in a 1994 lawsuit of nonconsensual sexual acts and physical abuse of girl in1967, as part of ‘cleaning ritual.’ Th girl and her sister lived at St. Anthony’s Boys School, an orphanage run by the Poor Sisters of St. Francis Seraph of the Perpetual Adoration. Retired in 1980. Died prior to filing of the suit in 1994. Included on the Santa Fe archdiocese’s list of accused 9/12/17.
SilvaGeorge S.Santa Fe, NMPrior to his 1997 ordination, Silva was a Christian Brother for 17 years. Assigned as a Christian Brother to O’Dea HS in Seattle 1991-94. Studied in CT. Fr. Silva was placed on leave in 2005. Arrested 2006, charged with abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 2005, during a trip to France and Portugal. Civil suit filed 3/06. Pled guilty 6/1/06. Sentenced to 5 years prison and 5 years probation 9/06. Civil suit settled 11/06. On Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. On Santa Fe archdiocese’s list of accused 9/12/17.
SmithRobert J.Santa Fe, NMDied in 1987. At least six civil suits filed in 1993-94 against Smith’s estate. Smith apparently abused a fellow high school seminarian in 1946. Expelled in1959 from Christ the King Seminary in the Buffalo NY area for molesting three children. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe accepted Smith in 1970. After ordination, Smith molested children at various parishes in NM in the 1970s and 1980s. Sent for treatment on at least three occasions. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17.
TafoyaIgnacioSanta Fe, NMPlaced on administrative leave 8/94 and suspended from priestly duties, pending an investigation into allegations of past sexual misconduct with minors. Archbishop Sanchez was asked about allegations against Tafoya in his 1994 deposition. He said that Tafoya had come to him to say that someone had made a statement to a nun about Tafoya and that the statement was a lie. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. Accused in lawsuit 11/18 of the sex abuse of a boy in 1974.
WagonerGordon PatrickSanta Fe, NMNamed publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. From Diocese of Lafayette IN. Assigned 1975 to Santa Fe as Director of Campus Ministry and Theology professor at Univ. of Albuquerque. Per obit, returned to Lafayette in 1983 “for reasons of health.” Also did post-doc work at Univ of Chicago 1966-70, taught at St. John’s College of Cleveland for a year, back to IN as History of Religions professor at Catholic Seminary in Indianapolis, while Director of Campus Ministry at Wabash College in Crawfordsville. After return to IN in 1983 did mostly Hospital chaplaincy work. Died 9/2/08.
WeisenbornJohn GeorgeSanta Fe, NMMember of MA-based Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary. Caught three times in 1964 by Washington, DC police having sex with boys before he was sent to NM for treatment. Lived at Via Coeli Center, allowed to work in parishes. Later assigned full time as parish priest. A man filed suit 10/11 against Santa Fe AD and Paracletes, claiming abuse by Weisenborn for three years in the 1960s while at St. Francis Xavier in Albuquerque. Settled 11/12. In residence at a parish per 1989 Directory. Died 1991. New lawsuit filed 5/15 in Albuquerque alleging abuse of a boy repeatedly at St. Francis Xavier, beginning in 1968. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese’s list 9/12/17.
WilkinsonThomas P.Santa Fe, NMNamed publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. Died 6/13/86.

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